from Photographers' Blog:

Pilgrims in the Holy Land

April 17, 2014

Jerusalem

By Ronen Zvulun

Walking through the narrow alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City and visiting its myriad holy sites at this time of year is an even more vibrant and colorful experience than usual.

Time slips quietly by for Austrian nuns’ resort

April 16, 2014

(Sister Elisabeth provides a Kneipp hydrotherapy to a guest at the abbey retreat in Marienkron April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus

April 16, 2014

(A church and a mosque are seen in a village near Famagusta, north Cyprus, February 3, 2008.  REUTERS/Fatih Saribas)

Pope Francis struggles to keep fellow Latin Americans in Catholic fold: poll

By Reuters Staff
April 16, 2014

(Pope Francis (R) leaves at the end of his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

Reuters wins Pulitzer Prize for reports on persecution of Myanmar Muslims

By Reuters Staff
April 14, 2014

(Bozor Mohammed from the Rakhine state in Myanmar is pictured after an interview at his house in Kuala Lumpur November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Samsul Said)

Deceased Dutch Catholic bishop was child molester – abuse commission

April 12, 2014

(St. Christopher’s Cathedral in Roermond, 2011/Arch)

The Dutch Catholic Church, in a rare admission of guilt among senior clergy, has confirmed that a bishop who died last year had sexually abused two boys decades earlier.

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for ‘evil’ of child abuse by priests

April 12, 2014

(Pope Francis waves as he arrives for a meeting with members of an association for children at the Vatican April 11, 2014.  Rueters/Osservatore Romano)

As riot-hit Muzaffarnagar votes, religious divide favours Hindu nationalist Modi

April 11, 2014

(Men stand in a line to cast their vote outside a polling station during the general election, in Shahpur in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

U.S. university drops plan to honor activist critical of Islam

April 9, 2014

(Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Dutch parliamentarian, gestures as she speaks at the European Parliament in Brussels February 14, 2008. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir )

from John Lloyd:

Modi: Democrat or divider

By John Lloyd
April 9, 2014

India’s 815 million voters started the five-week voting cycle earlier this week. It’s already being celebrated as a triumph just for taking place -- “the largest collective democratic act in history,” according to the Economist.