Attacked French weekly Charlie Hebdo often lambasted religion, especially radical Islam

January 7, 2015
(A member of the media makes images of the front page of Charlie Hebdo which shows a caricature of French author Michel Houellebecq near the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, after a shooting January 7, 2015. Twelve people including two police officers were killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, a police spokesman said in an update on the death toll. The French president described the shooting as without doubt a terrorist attack. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

(A cameraman shows the front page of Charlie Hebdo which shows a caricature of French author Michel Houellebecq, author of a new book about a fictional Muslim takeover of France, near the weekly’s Paris offices after a shooting January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

from The Great Debate:

World’s cartoonists respond to the attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’

By Jason Fields
January 7, 2015

The outpouring in reaction to the killing of 12 in an attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris -- known for its cartoons that took on politicians and religious figures, including the Prophet Mohammad -- was spontaneous and pointed. Below is a sampling of some of the cartoons that are being shared on Twitter, most with the hashtag #jesuischarlie -- I am Charlie.

Myanmar’s new Catholic cardinal warns against religious extremism

By Reuters Staff
January 6, 2015
(Catholics listen to a speech as they mark the 500th Jubilee Year of the Presence of Catholic Church in Myanmar in St. Mary church in Yangon, November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

(Catholics mark the 500th Jubilee Year of the Presence of Catholic Church in Myanmar in St. Mary church in Yangon, November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Popular newspaper and prominent Germans condemn anti-Muslim rallies

By Reuters Staff
January 6, 2015
(Participants of an alternative rally use brooms as they protest against a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West", in Dresden January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

(Protesters against the anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”, use brooms to “sweep the streets clean of prejudice” in Dresden January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

from India Insight:

Photos from the exhibition of the relics of St. Francis Xavier

By Karen Rebelo
January 5, 2015

Among the throngs of tourists who visited India's beach state of Goa to usher in the new year, many visited for a different reason than the usual beach scene, raves and holiday revelry. Thousands upon thousands of Christians and people of other faiths braved the heat and long lines to view the relics of Saint Francis Xavier at church of the Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa. Francis Xavier's body, which the faithful say has not fully decomposed since his death in 1552 has always attracted visitors to the former Portuguese colony.

Belgian murderer requests euthanasia, due to die on January 11

January 5, 2015
(Protesters, who call themselves the "yellow jackets", hold banners and placards as they demonstrate against a new law authorizing euthanasia for children, in Brussels February 11, 2014. Belgium is expected to pass a new law on Thursday, introducing the right to grant euthanasia for terminally ill children, making Belgium the first country in the world to remove the age limit for the procedure. The new law is going to the Belgian Parliament with MP's expected to pass it after breaking what is an almost universal taboo, when in December last year the country's Senate voted it through a 50-17 majority. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule)

(Protesters demonstrate against a new law authorizing euthanasia for children, in Brussels February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule)

One in 8 Germans would join anti-Muslim marches: poll

By Alexandra Hudson
January 5, 2015
(A woman holds a sign during a demonstration organised by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West", in Dresden December 22, 2014. More than 17,000 people took part in Germany's largest anti-immigrant rally to date on Monday in the eastern city of Dresden, gathering to sing Christmas carols and listen to speakers complain about immigrants and asylum-seekers. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

(A woman holds a sign during a demonstration organised by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”, in Dresden December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Pope Francis favors developing world in naming new Catholic cardinals

January 4, 2015
(Newly-appointed Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi Peter Nguyen Van Nhon waves to believers in front of St. Joseph Cathedral after Pentecost Sunday mass in Hanoi May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kham)

(Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi Peter Nguyen Van Nhon, one of the new cardinals named on Sunday by Pope Francis, waves to believers in front of St. Joseph Cathedral in the Vietnamese capital on May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kham)

Cuba’s Santeria priests hail U.S. detente in New Year forecast

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2015
(A woman reads the "Letter of the Year," predictions for the year 2007, hung up on a wall outside a house in Havana, January 2, 2007. High priests of Cuba's dominant Afro-Cuban religion declined to speculate on the health of the nation's ailing leader Fidel Castro in their annual prognostications on Tuesday, but they predicted economic reforms improving deficient food supplies in 2007 and urged more oil exploration. REUTERS/Claudia Daut)

(A woman reads the “Letter of the Year,” predictions for the year 2007, hung up on a wall outside a house in Havana, January 2, 2007. REUTERS/Claudia Daut)

Cologne Cathedral to turn out the lights in protest at anti-Muslim march

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2015
(Cologne cathedral is seen with the flooded river Rhine in Cologne, January 9, 2011. After weeks of snow and ice, rising temperatures combined with heavy rain means many German rivers have swollen drastically over the last few days, triggering flood warnings in many regions. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

(Cologne cathedral is seen with the flooded river Rhine River in Cologne, January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)