Vatican document challenges Catholic Church to change attitude to gays

October 15, 2014
(Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Families torn apart as young Western women join jihadist cause

By Reuters Staff
October 10, 2014
(Foad, the brother of 15 year-old Nora who left her home in Avignon for Syria nine months ago, shows a portrait he took last September on his cell phone as he attends an interview with Reuters in Paris, October 6, 2014. Foad, a French truck driver of Moroccan origin, travelled alone through war-torn Syria to rescue his 15-year-old sister from an Islamist group she said was holding her captive. But when they finally stood face to face, in tears, she would not leave. Foad is convinced that his sister Nora, whom he described as an impressionable teen who loved Disney movies before leaving for Syria one afternoon in January, stayed on because she was threatened with execution by the French-speaking commander, or emir, of the group she joined. The former high school student is among dozens of European girls, many of them her age, living with such groups in Syria - an aspect of the conflict that is beginning to worry European governments previously more focused on the flow of young men to join the ranks of Islamic state and other armed militias. Picture taken October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

(Foad, the brother of 15 year-old Nora who left her home in Avignon for Syria, shows a portrait he took last September on his cell phone, October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

Leading Vatican cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage

October 10, 2014
(Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio arrives to attend a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013. Catholic cardinals said on Tuesday they wanted time to get to know each before choosing the next pope and meanwhile would seek more information on a secret report on alleged corruption in the Vatican. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Nobel Peace Prize honours “Hindu and Muslim in common struggle” to protect children

By Reuters Staff
October 10, 2014
(Malala Yousafzai arrives for the We Day UK event at Wembley Arena in London March 7, 2014. The inaugural We Day UK event is run by the charity Free the Children to inspire young people to take action on global issues in a voluntary capacity. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

(Malala Yousafzai arrives for the We Day UK event in London March 7, 2014 to inspire young people to take action on global issues in a voluntary capacity. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

Witchcraft-related child abuse on the rise in Britain, say police

By Reuters Staff
October 9, 2014
(A windvane featuring a flying witch is held during an outdoor party celebrating the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, at Trafalgar Square in central London April 13, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren )

(A windvane featuring a flying witch carried through Trafalgar Square in central London April 13, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren )

Kentucky warns Noah’s Ark theme park over hiring practices

By Reuters Staff
October 9, 2014
(A general view of a working replica of Noah's Ark built by Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the Bible in Schagen, the Netherlands March 31, 2006. His ark is constructed with American cedar and Norwegian pine.)

(A general view of a working replica of Noah’s Ark built by Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the Bible in Schagen, the Netherlands, March 31, 2006. REUTERS/Str.)

Pakistan-based Indian jihadist group calls for attacks on non-Muslims

By Reuters Staff
October 8, 2014
(Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi October 6, 2014. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by the sacrificial killing of sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

(Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

Gay marriage opponents in U.S. pick new battleground of religious freedom

October 8, 2014
(Ernest Horstmanshoff (L) and his husband Gary Horlacher dance to celebrate at a same-sex marriage rally in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 6, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprising move that will allow gay men and women to get married in five additional states, with more likely to follow quickly. On the first day of its new term, the high court without comment rejected appeals in cases involving five states - Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana - that had prohibited gay marriage, leaving intact lower-court rulings striking down those bans. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart )

(Ernest Horstmanshoff (L) and his husband Gary Horlacher dance to celebrate at a same-sex marriage rally in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

from The Great Debate:

Why Iran, U.S. aren’t on quite the same side in fight against Islamic State

By Davoud Hermidas Bavand
October 8, 2014

Iraqi women walk past a poster depicting images of Shi'ite Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at al-Firdous Square in Baghdad

It might seem counter-intuitive to think that attacking the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, would damage Iran or Shi’ite interests in the Middle East. After all, Iran shares the West’s concerns about the radical Sunni group and is in a tacit alliance with the United States when it comes to defeating their common enemy. And yet, Iran fears it might end up being the loser in this battle.

Hobby Lobby executive’s Bible museum: priceless artifacts and scholarly doubts

By Reuters Staff
October 7, 2014
(An artist's rendering shows the exterior of the proposed Museum of the Bible, located two blocks from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in this undated handout image. Hobby Lobby President Steve Green is planning to begin construction on the $800 million 8-storey Bible museum in the fall of 2014, according to local media.  REUTERS/Smith Group JJR/Handout via Reuters)

(An artist’s rendering shows the exterior of the proposed Museum of the Bible, located two blocks from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in this undated handout image. 
REUTERS/Smith Group JJR)