Muslim states block gay groups from U.N. AIDS meeting, U.S. protests

May 18, 2016
A pedestrian walks across a rainbow pedestrian crossing painted on Sydney's Oxford street, the city's main gay district April 4, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

A pedestrian walks across a rainbow pedestrian crossing painted on Sydney’s Oxford street, the city’s main gay district April 4, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh in latest killing

May 16, 2016
(Moheshkhali Buddhist monastery in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, 8 January 2008/Muntasir Du)

(Moheshkhali Buddhist monastery in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 8 January 2008/Muntasir Du)

Vatican plays down expectations over women deacons in Catholic Church

May 16, 2016
A general view of St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis leads a mass to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/Files

(A general view of St. Peter’s Square, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Vatican played down on Friday expectations that Pope Francis might be ready to ordain women as deacons after he had raised hopes among liberal Catholics by promising to set up a commission to study the issue.

Islamic finance prepares rules for awqaf and zakat charitable funds

May 16, 2016
(HEH Nizam's Religious Trust and Awqaf Office in Hyderabad, India, 11 January 2016/Muzammil)

(HEH Nizam’s Religious Trust and Awqaf Office in Hyderabad, India, 11 January 2016/Muzammil)

Watchdog finds growing Catholic influence on U.S. hospitals

May 13, 2016

A growing number of U.S. hospitals are now owned or affiliated with Catholic health institutions that restrict procedures such as sterilizations or abortion, according to patients’ rights watchdog MergerWatch.

Almost two-thirds of Germans think Islam doesn’t ‘belong’ to their country – poll

May 13, 2016
Supporters of the anti-Islam movement "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West" (PEGIDA) wave flags during a demonstration in Dresden, Germany, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/Files

(Supporters of the anti-Islam movement “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West” (PEGIDA) wave flags during a demonstration in Dresden, Germany, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

China protests at U.S. accusations of abuse of religious groups

May 13, 2016
Ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese Muslims pray together during Friday prayers at Yang Hang mosque in the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 17, 2009. Security remains heavy in ethnic Uighur neighbourhoods of Xinjiang regional capital Urumqi after riots on July 5 between the Muslim Uighur minority and majority Han Chinese wounded more than 1,600. The official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday that 192 people were killed in the riots, and that around 1,000 people have been detained.         REUTERS/David Gray     (CHINA CONFLICT RELIGION) - RTR25R29

(Ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese Muslims pray together during Friday prayers at Yang Hang mosque in the city of Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 17, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray) 

Pope Francis to look at giving women increased Catholic Church role: report

May 13, 2016
Pope Francis (R) is greeted by members of the UISG (International Union of Superiors General) during an audience at the Vatican, May 12, 2016. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

(Pope Francis (R) is greeted by members of the UISG (International Union of Superiors General) during an audience at the Vatican, May 12, 2016. Osservatore Romano)

Iranian Muslims to miss haj pilgrimage amid rift with Saudi Arabia

May 13, 2016
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Iranian worshippers pray during Eid al-Adha prayers at a university in Tehran in this file photo taken on November 28, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

(Iranian worshippers pray during Eid al-Adha prayers at a university in Tehran in this file photo taken on November 28, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

New U.S. ambassador to Myanmar says he will keep using term “Rohingya”

May 12, 2016
U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Scot Marciel smiles during a meeting with Ouch Borith (not pictured), secretary of state at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in Phnom Penh, November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

(New U.S. ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel in a November 4, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Samrang Pring)