German bishops get tough on Catholics opting out of their church tax

September 21, 2012

(Detail of the western portal of the cathedral in Limburg an der Lahn, Germany, 24 April 2011/Beckstet)

Austria OKs circumcisions after multifaith appeal

August 1, 2012

(Boys in traditional attire attend a ceremony a day before their circumcision ritual at Eyup Sultan square in Istanbul July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Europe’s Muslims edge towards synchronizing dates for Ramadan and Eid

July 11, 2012

(Afghan refugee Shear Jaan prays after breaking fast on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, November 17, 2001 near the Pakistani border town of Chaman. REUTERS/Adrees Latif )

German verdict aims to delay circumcision, not ban it, jurist says

June 29, 2012

(Fathers surround a boy as a doctor performs surgery during an Islamic group's circumcision session for boys in Khartoum April 7, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer )

German court’s circumcision ban for young boys meets wave of criticism

By Reuters Staff
June 29, 2012

(German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle speaks during the 14th Kronberg Talks Open Forum in Istanbul May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Osman Orsal )

German court bans circumcision of young boys for religious reasons

By Reuters Staff
June 28, 2012

(Cologne Regional Court, 20 April 2007/A.Savin)

Jewish and Muslim groups protested after a German court banned the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons in the first ruling of its kind in the country.

Austrian cardinal lays down the law to rebel Catholic priests

June 27, 2012

(St. Stephen's cathedral in Vienna July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner )

Austria’s Roman Catholic Church has laid down the law to its rebel priests by telling them they could not support a reform manifesto criticized by Pope Benedict and stay in an administrative post.

German police raid scores of radical Islamists’ homes, ban Salafi group

By Reuters Staff
June 14, 2012

(Police cars are seen parked in front of a house during a nationwide raid against ultra-conservative Salafist Islamist extremists in Frankfurt June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Domanski )

Right-to-die movement sees gains as world ages, but opponents active

June 13, 2012

(Euthanasia campaigner Dr. Philip Nitschke poses for the photographer with his 'suicide kit' after a Reuters Interview in London May 7, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

Post your pro-pontiff postcard to “sad” Pope Benedict now

By Reuters Staff
June 7, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI looks on as he leads the Corpus Domini mass in Rome's Basilica of St. John in Lateran June 7, 2012. REUTERS/ Max Rossi )