Critic of Vatican refuses to step down from Catholic sex abuse commission

February 9, 2016
Peter Saunders talks during a news conference in Rome, Italy February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Peter Saunders talks during a news conference in Rome, Italy February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill to hold historic meeting in Cuba

February 5, 2016
Pope Francis holds a skullcap given to him by a faithful as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis holds a skullcap given to him as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

China commands that even retired officials shun religion

February 5, 2016
People hold burning incense to pray at Yonghegong Lama Temple, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Beijing February 19, 2010. President Barack Obama hosted exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Thursday, drawing an angry reaction from China and risking further damage to strained Sino-U.S. ties. REUTERS/Jason Lee     (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) - RTR2AJBP

(Worshippers hold burning incense to pray at Yonghegong Lama Temple, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Beijing February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee) 

Dutch killer says had “divine command” to murder pro-euthanasia politician

February 5, 2016
U.S First Lady Hillary Clinton (R) shakes the hand of Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Els Borst during the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Hague Forum February 9. The UNFPA Hague Forum is reviewing the implementation of the Cairo Population Conference held 5 years ago. FEE/AS - RTRLQ83

(This Feb. 9, 1999 file photo shows Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Els Borst with then-U.S First Lady Hillary Clinton during the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Hague Forum. REUTERS)

Israeli taxman eyes off-the-books ‘religious services industry’

February 5, 2016
Eight-day-old Haim Rosenbaum, the great grandson of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager of the Viznitz Hasidic sect, is held by a family member during his circumcision ceremony at a synagogue in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv January 15, 2007. Members of the baby's family wear prayer shawls.  REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen (ISRAEL) - RTR1L7YL

(Eight-day-old Haim Rosenbaum is held by a family member during his circumcision ceremony at a synagogue in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv January 15, 2007. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen)

Body of mystic Catholic monk in crystal coffin goes on the road for Holy Year

February 3, 2016
The exhumed body of the mystic saint Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre 40 years after his death, in the crypt of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy in this April 24, 2008 file photo.   REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files

(The exhumed body of the mystic saint Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre 40 years after his death in this April 24, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis is not an actor, says Vatican on movie debut reports

February 2, 2016
Pope Francis leaves after leading the weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis leaves after leading the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Indonesian city reprimands Muslim hardliners for harassing gays

January 31, 2016
People drive a motorcycle past a banner put up by the hardline Islamic Defenders Front calling for gay people to leave the Cigondewah Kaler area in Bandung, Indonesia West Java province, January 27, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Agus Bebeng/Antara Foto

(People drive  past a banner put up by the hardline Islamic Defenders Front calling for gay people to leave the  area in Bandung, Indonesia West Java province, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Agus Bebeng)

Pope Francis expected to visit Auschwitz during trip to Poland in July

January 31, 2016
Pope Francis speaks during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis speaks during the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Leading China pastor probed for suspicion of embezzling funds – church authorities

January 31, 2016
A local resident rides a bicycle past a church in Xiaoshan, a commercial suburb of Hangzhou, the capital of China's east Zhejiang province December 21, 2006. REUTERS/Lang Lang/Files

(A local resident rides a bicycle past a church in Xiaoshan, a commercial suburb of Hangzhou, the capital of China’s east Zhejiang province December 21, 2006. REUTERS/Lang Lang)