Vatican cricketers to meet British royal household, Church of England teams

June 24, 2014
(A player from a team of priests and seminarians returns a ball during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae's Catholic College in Rome October 22, 2013. The Vatican officially declared its intention to defeat the Church of England on Tuesday - not in a theological re-match nearly 500 years after they split, but on the cricket pitch. The challenge was launched at the baptism of the St. Peter's Cricket Club. Vatican officials said the league will be composed of teams of priests and seminarians from Catholic colleges and seminaries in Rome. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

(A player from a team of priests and seminarians returns a ball during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae’s Catholic College in Rome October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

Mormon church excommunicates prominent U.S. activist Kate Kelly

By Reuters Staff
June 24, 2014
(Kate Kelly of Ordain Women weeps during a vigil as members of the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider her excommunication from the church in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 22, 2014. Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, which advocates for gender equality in the Mormon church, was scheduled to be tried for apostasy by a panel of male lay church leaders in Virginia on Sunday. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart )

(Kate Kelly of Ordain Women weeps during a vigil as members of the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider her excommunication from the church in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart )

U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel in occupation protest

By Reuters Staff
June 23, 2014
(Protesters gather outside the Caterpillar annual shareholder meeting in Chicago, June 11, 2008. The protesters demonstrated against how Israel acquires Caterpillar heavy machinery from the U.S. REUTERS/Frank Polich)

(Protesters gather outside the Caterpillar annual shareholder meeting in Chicago, June 11, 2008. The protesters demonstrated against how Israel acquires Caterpillar heavy machinery from the U.S. REUTERS/Frank Polich)

Anti-government cleric returns to Pakistan as supporters clash with police

By Reuters Staff
June 23, 2014
(Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, a Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation, chant slogans as they participate in a sit-in protest, following Qadri's arrival after his plane was diverted from Islamabad to Lahore, in Karachi June 23, 2014. The prominent cleric landed in Pakistan on Monday after his plane was diverted from the capital Islamabad where his supporters clashed with police amid government concerns about the return of a man who describes himself as a revolutionary. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

(Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri chant slogans at a sit-in protest, following Qadri’s arrival after his plane was diverted from Islamabad to Lahore, in Karachi June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Dutch companies hit by Saudi retaliation for Wilders’ anti-Islam campaign

By Reuters Staff
June 20, 2014
(Far-right politician Geert Wilders of the anti-immigration Dutch Freedom (PVV) Party speaks at a PVV rally after the European Parliament elections in the Hague May 22, 2014. Europe's election marathon kicks off on Thursday as polls open in Britain and the Netherlands, where far-right, anti-EU parties are forecast to top the ballot, spearheading a surge in protest-voting across the continent. REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

(Far-right politician Geert Wilders of the anti-immigration Dutch Freedom (PVV) Party speaks at a PVV rally after the European Parliament elections in the Hague May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

U.S. Presbyterian Church approves clergy performing gay weddings

By Reuters Staff
June 20, 2014
(Gay couple Andrew Wale (R) and Neil Allard hold hold each other as they are interviewed by the media after marrying in the first same-sex wedding at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, southern England March 29, 2014. Saturday will be the first day gay couples will be allowed to tie the knot in England and Wales after the government legalised same-sex marriage last July. Wale and Allard are the first out of five same-sex couples tying the knot in Brighton on Saturday. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor )

(A gay couple after marrying in the first same-sex wedding at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, southern England March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor )

Sainthood closer for U.S. Archbishop Fulton Sheen, an early televangelist

June 20, 2014
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1952/Library of Congress

(Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1952/Library of Congress)

U.S. Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen, one of the world’s first televangelists, has moved closer to sainthood after a team of theologians agreed a reported miracle should be attributed to his intercession, church officials said.

As Myanmar’s Rakhine Buddhists gain strength, so does anti-Muslim apartheid

By Reuters Staff
June 19, 2014
(Displaced Rohingya woman Norbagoun carries her severely malnourished 25-day-old twins in her lap in their house at the Dar Paing camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 24, 2014. Restrictions on international aid have exacerbated a growing health crisis among stateless Muslim Rohingya in west Myanmar. In February, Myanmar's government expelled the main aid group providing health to more than half a million Rohingya, Medecins Sans Frontieres-Holland (MSF-H), after the organisation said it had treated people believed to have been victims of violence in southern Maungdaw township in January. The United Nations says at least 40 Rohingya were killed there by Buddhist Rakhine villagers. The government denies any killings occurred. An attack in March on NGO and U.N. offices by a Rakhine mob led to the withdrawal of other groups providing healthcare and other essential aid to another 140,000 Rohingya living in camps. Picture taken April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Minzayar)

(Displaced Rohingya woman Norbagoun carries her severely malnourished 25-day-old twins in her lap in their house at the Dar Paing camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Minzayar)

Iran says will not hesitate to defend Iraq’s Shi’ite holy sites

By Reuters Staff
June 19, 2014
(Shi'ite Muslims attend a religious ritual at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)

(Shi’ite Muslims attend a religious ritual at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)

French imams, prison chaplains seek ways to combat Islamist radicalisation

June 19, 2014
(A family lights candles at the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting in central Brussels May 25, 2014. Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an assailant who shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, and French authorities tightened security at Jewish sites following another attack that prompted fears of a rise in anti-Semitism. REUTERS/Eric Vidal )

(A family lights candles at the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting in central Brussels May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal )