Justin Bieber apologizes after Japan shrine visit sparks Asian anger

April 23, 2014

(Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, 2010/Wiiii)

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, whose tumultuous life has landed him in trouble more than once, on Wednesday apologized for a visit to a Tokyo shrine at the center of a bitter international row over Japan’s wartime aggression.

Israel is encouraging more Christian Arabs to join military service

April 23, 2014

(Israeli Arab Christian boy scouts play bagpipes during an Easter Monday parade in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa neighbourhood, April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly)

Vandals deface Pope John Paul II memorial in Krakow before canonization

By Reuters Staff
April 23, 2014

(A worker prepares to wipe away graffiti of the Star of David on the Pope John Paul II memorial boulder in Krakow April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Ulatowski)

from John Lloyd:

The UK’s paradox of faith

By John Lloyd
April 23, 2014

When David Cameron recently proclaimed in the Church Times -- the organ of the Church of England -- that he was a Christian, that his faith helped guide him through life and work and that Britain is a Christian country and should be proud of it, he was met with a wall of disapproval.

UK PM Cameron accused of fueling division by calling Britain a Christian country

April 21, 2014

(Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, at the enthronement ceremony for the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Canterbury Cathedral March 21, 2013.REUTERS/Toby Melville)

At Easter, Kiev-based Ukrainian church condemns Russian ‘aggression’

April 21, 2014

(Ukrainian Orthodox priests conduct a holy liturgy during an Orthodox Easter service in Mikhailovsky Cathedral in Kiev early April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

U.N. peace envoy criticizes Israeli Easter security at Jerusalem church

April 21, 2014

(Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly )

Hollywood plays to the faithful and finds box-office hits with God

By Reuters Staff
April 21, 2014

(Cast member Emma Watson arrives for the UK premiere of “Noah”, Leicester Square, London, March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hacket)

In Damascus, Christians briefly ignore war for Good Friday

By Reuters Staff
April 21, 2014

(Debris lie inside a damaged church in Mar Bacchus Sarkis monastery, in Maloula village, northeast of Damascus, after soldiers loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad took control of it from rebel fighters, April 14, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri )

Iraq’s draft child marriage law seen as political stunt – and sign of times

By Reuters Staff
April 19, 2014

(Hussein Younis Ali, 14 walks with his bride Nada Ali Hussein, 17, during the wedding party at his home in Tikrit, 150 km (93 miles) north of Baghdad, October 8, 2013.REUTERS/Bakr al-Azzawi)