A lone Muslim campaigns in Myanmar’s stronghold of radical Buddhism

By Reuters Staff
November 1, 2015
(Muslim candidate Khin Maung Thein pauses during an interview with Reuters in Mandalay October 5, 2015. The city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar is a Buddhist religious centre so crowded with temples, monasteries and monks that they can sometimes seem innumerable. Much easier to count is the number of Mandalay Muslims standing in Myanmar's historic general election on Nov. 8. That would be one. Khin Maung Thein hails from an obscure little party and runs his campaign from a cluttered, two-story home that doubles as the family printing business. Picture taken October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

(Muslim candidate Khin Maung Thein pauses during an interview with Reuters in Mandalay October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Myanmar’s radical Buddhist monks shape its historic election

By Reuters Staff
November 1, 2015
(Leaders of radical Buddhist group Ma Ba Tha arrive during a celebration of the recent establishment of four controversial bills decried by rights groups as aimed at discriminating against the country's Muslim minority, at a rally in a stadium at Yangon October 4, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

(Leaders of radical Buddhist group Ma Ba Tha arrive at a rally in a stadium at Yangon October 4, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Pope Francis hints his Central African Republic visit could be cancelled

November 1, 2015
(Pope Francis gestures during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis gestures during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Polish ombudsman says IVF bill discriminates against single women

By Reuters Staff
October 31, 2015
(Frozen human embryos are checked at the Priory Hospital in Birmingham, July 31, 1996. REUTERS/Ian Hodgson)

(Frozen human embryos are checked at the Priory Hospital in Birmingham, July 31, 1996. REUTERS/Ian Hodgson)

New controls means Sistine Chapel won’t need more restoration-Vatican

October 31, 2015
(Newly installed tables stand under Michaelangelo's frescoes in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel before next week's conclave April 16, 2005. REUTERS/Stringer)

 Michaelangelo’s frescoes in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, April 16, 2005. REUTERS/Stringer)

Pope Francis denounces clergy who criticized slain Salvadoran bishop Romero

October 31, 2015
(Hundreds of Catholic parishioners, students, peasants and workers march on San Salvador's main thoroughfare March 24 to mark the 18th anniversary of the murder of Bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in 1980. Romero, a staunch denouncer of human rights violations during El Salvador's bloody civil war, is revered by Salvadorean Catholic sectors as a religious martyr whom church officials hope to see canonized. The Vatican is studying the complex process of beatification. REUTERS)

(Hundreds of Catholic parishioners, students, peasants and workers march on San Salvador’s main thoroughfare March 24 , 1998 to mark the 18th anniversary of the murder of Bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in 1980. REUTERS)

Survivors of clergy sex abuse hope “Spotlight” film brings victims forward

October 30, 2015
(Suzy Nauman (R) of Arlington, Massachusetts leads the way as protesters demonstrate about the clergy child sex abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese outside Cardinal Bernard Law's Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, on Mther's Day, May 12, 2002. REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

(Suzy Nauman (R) of Arlington, Massachusetts leads the way as protesters demonstrate about the clergy child sex abuse scandal in Boston, on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2002. REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

Militant-linked Muslim charity on front line of Pakistan quake aid

By Reuters Staff
October 30, 2015
(A girl runs past the debris of a house damaged by the earthquake in Rehan Kot village in District Dir, Pakistan, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

(A girl runs past the debris of a house damaged by the earthquake in Rehan Kot village in District Dir, Pakistan, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

Are Algeria’s beauty tattoos a sin in Islam? | The Wider Image

By Reuters Staff
October 30, 2015
(Fatma Tarnouni, 106, a berber woman from the Chaouia region, who has facial tattoos, sits inside her house in Taghit in the Aures mountain near the eastern city of Batna, Algeria October 8, 2015. Fatma was tattooed aged 10 by a man from the Sahara region. "It was the rule, it was fashionable too. All the girls were tattooed. To be beautiful, you had to be tattooed, so I did it." Some believers have told these Muslim women that by allowing the tattoos they committed a sin according to Islam. "Today I regret being tattooed," Tarnouni said." I will be punished by God and I would be eaten by the snake in my grave (...) If I knew it was not permitted by my religion, of course I would not have done it." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

(Fatma Tarnouni, 106, a berber woman from the Chaouia region, who has facial tattoos, sits inside her house in Taghit in the Aures mountain near the eastern city of Batna, Algeria October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

from The Great Debate:

Jesus wouldn’t join the NRA

By Abigail Disney
October 30, 2015

Customers view semi automatic guns on display at a gun shop in Los Angeles California

Customers view semi automatic guns on display at a gun shop in Los Angeles, California, December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Gene Blevins