Nepal halts cremation of Buddhist monk after Chinese pressure: report

By Reuters Staff
July 16, 2014
(A monk rests at the premises of Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu March 10, 2014. Security was increased at the premises as Tibetan exiles in Nepal commemorated the 55th Tibetan Uprising Day. With a growing Chinese influence over Nepal, the Nepalese government stands strong against Tibetan exiles whose protests in support of their homeland have increased in recent years. Nepal ceased issuing refugee papers to Tibetans in 1989 and recognizes Tibet to be a part of China. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar )

(A monk rests at the premises of Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar )

Church of England votes ‘yes’ to letting women become bishops

By Reuters Staff
July 15, 2014
(Women react after the Synod session which approved the consecration of women bishops, in York July 14, 2014. The Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, a historic decision which overturns centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis )

(Women clergy react after the Synod session which approved the consecration of women bishops, in York July 14, 2014. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis )

Iraqi slaughter swells crowded Shi’ite cemetery in holy city Najaf

July 14, 2014
(Mourners carry the coffin of Salah al-Wa'ili, a fighter from the Iraqi Shi'ite group Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, during his funeral in Najaf July 12, 2014. Responding to an appeal from Shi'ite clerics, Wa'ili signed up earlier this month with the militia near Baghdad fighting the Islamist insurgents who have swept through northern Iraq and threatened the capital. A week later the 27-year-old part-time fighter was dead. Killed in battle against Sunni militants near the western city of Ramadi on Friday, he joined the growing list of casualties from the latest wave of conflict to strike Iraq, which has been plagued by war, sanctions and sectarian strife for longer than Wa'ili's brief lifetime. Picture taken July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani )

(Mourners carry the coffin of Salah al-Wa’ili, a fighter from the Iraqi Shi’ite group Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, during his funeral in Najaf July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani )

Pope Francis says about two percent of Catholic priests are pedophiles: paper

July 14, 2014
(Pope Francis signs an autographs on one of his books given by a faithful, as he arrives to lead a prayer in Isernia, south of Italy, July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca)

(Pope Francis signs an autographs on one of his books as he arrives to lead a prayer in Isernia, south of Italy, July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca)

Head of Church of England hopeful vote will back women bishops

By Reuters Staff
July 14, 2014
(The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby speaks during a press conference at Lambeth Palace in London February 20, 2014. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave his backing on Thursday to a campaign by both Anglican and Catholic bishops opposing the Conservative-led government's welfare cuts. REUTERS/Neil Hall ()

(The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby speaks during a press conference at Lambeth Palace in London February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall)

In Malaysia, Islam’s legal advance divides families and nation

July 14, 2014
(Deepa Subramaniam, 30, speaks during an interview in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur July 3, 2014. Subramaniam's estranged spouse converted from Hinduism to Islam in 2012, after their nine-year marriage broke down, taking the name Izwan Abdullah. He then converted their children to Islam, giving him a strong case under Islamic law, or shariah, to take over their custody - which a shariah court granted him five months later. Subramaniam fought back, last year obtaining a court protection order based on her accounts of domestic violence and in April winning a high court ruling that dissolved their marriage and gave her custody of the children. Two days later Izwan took their son Mithran from outside her home in the town of Seremban, 60 km (37 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur. In Subramaniam's custody battle, and another similar case, Malaysia's national police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, has declined to act on judges' orders for children to be returned to their mothers, citing competing orders from the civil courts and state shariah courts. His stance has been backed by the home minister. Picture taken July 3, 2014. To match Feature MALAYSIA-ISLAM/ REUTERS/Samsul Said )

(Deepa Subramaniam, 30, speaks during an interview in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said )

Vatican makes “new generation” cardinal head of key German archdiocese

July 11, 2014
(German Cardinal Rainer Woelki waves as he arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 5, 2013. Catholic cardinals in a closed-door meeting ahead of the election of a new pontiff want to be briefed on a secret report into leaks about alleged corruption and mismanagement in the Vatican, a senior source said on Monday. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

(German Cardinal Rainer Woelki waves as he arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

A game of two popes: Vatican plays down talk of World Cup rivalry

July 11, 2014
(Pope Francis (L) prays with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI after arriving at the Castel Gandolfo summer residence, south of Rome March 23, 2013. Pope Francis travelled by helicopter from the Vatican to Castel Gandolfo for a private meeting with former Pope Benedict XVI. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano )

(Pope Francis (L) prays with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo March 23, 2013. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano )

Poland asks: should a doctor serve God, or patients?

By Reuters Staff
July 11, 2014
(Professor Bogdan Chazan smiles as he speaks to the media among his supporters in front of a maternity hospital in Warsaw June 13, 2014. In April this year, a pregnant woman asked Chazan, director of Warsaw's Holy Family Hospital, for an abortion because her own physician had diagnosed her unborn child with grave health problems. Chazan sent the woman a letter saying he could not agree to an abortion in his hospital because of a "conflict of conscience," and instead gave the woman the address of a hospice where, he said, the child could get palliative care once born. Picture taken on June 13, 2014. To match story POLAND-ABORTION/ REUTERS/Jacek Marczewskii/Agencja Gazeta)

(Professor Bogdan Chazan smiles as he speaks to the media among his supporters in front of a maternity hospital in Warsaw June 13, 2014.REUTERS/Jacek Marczewskii/Agencja Gazeta)

Iraqi Christians’ flee violence and fear end of long history

July 11, 2014
(Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako (L), the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, gives communion to Iraqi Christians during Mass at John Baptist De La Salle Church in Amman May 23, 2014. Cardinal Sako led a Mass attended by hundreds of Iraqi Christians who are in Jordan ahead of a visit by Pope Francis on Saturday.REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )

(Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako (L), the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, gives communion to Iraqi Christians during Mass at John Baptist De La Salle Church in Amman May 23, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )