Australian Christian missionary arrested on second trip to North Korea

February 19, 2014

(North Koreans pay their respects in front of statues of North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung and former leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il,  December 17, 2013. REUTERS/KCNA)

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Prayers during wartime

February 10, 2014

Midyat, Turkey

By Umit Bektas

Sunday mass has just begun in Mort Shmuni Syriac Orthodox Church. It is seven o’clock in the morning and the streets of Midyat, where the majority of the population is Muslim Kurdish, are empty.

German bishops tell Vatican: Catholics reject sexual morality rules

February 3, 2014

(Archbishop Robert Zollitsch (R), head of the German Bishops’ Conference, speaks during a news conference in Vatican October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Hungarian Jews threaten boycott of Holocaust commemoration over anti-Semitism

January 21, 2014

(A boat sails past a memorial on the banks of the Danube river in Budapest January 27, 2006, symbolizing shoes of Hungarian Jews who were shot at the riverside during World War II. International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is being marked around the world today. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

Pope’s choice of new Catholic cardinals puts emphasis on the poor

January 13, 2014

(Faithful watch a maxi screen as Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis to set up special committee on child sex abuse by priests

December 5, 2013

(Workers erect a Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican December 5, 2013. This year’s Christmas tree to decorate St Peter’s Square comes from Bavaria in Germany, and is 25 meters tall and weighs 7.2 tons. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

German bishops push reform to welcome divorced and remarried Catholics

November 25, 2013

(Stuttgart’s Catholic Bishop Gebhard Fürst, seen here at a memorial service for victims of a school shooting, on March 21, 2009. REUTERS/Bernd Weissbrod)

German “luxury bishop” settles with court over 1st class flight-to-poverty case

November 19, 2013

(Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst makes his inaugural address during a service of worship in Limburg Cathedral January 20, 2008. REUTERS/Wolfgang Radtke/KNA-Bild)

Dutch self-image shaken by “Black Pete” debate

November 13, 2013

(A woman dressed as “Zwarte Piet” (Black Pete), the helper of Saint Nicholas (C), takes part in a traditional parade in central Brussels, where the Dutch Christmas tradition is also observed. December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)

Pope Francis meeting with Putin could help mend Catholic-Orthodox relations

November 7, 2013

(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill attend a meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti/Pool)