New Zealand bar manager pleads not guilty to insulting Buddhism in Myanmar

By Reuters Staff
January 1, 2015
(A Buddha statue is pictured at a marble mine at Zagyin (Marble) village in the Madaya township February 26, 2014. Zagyin (Marble) village is also known as the second birth place of Buddha because the village is the biggest location in the world that produces Buddha statue images of different sizes, with many exported to countries such as China and Thailand. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

(A Buddha statue is pictured at a marble mine at Zagyin (Marble) village in the Madaya township February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Guestview: A message of peace and compassion at Prophet Mohammad’s birth

By Guest Contributor
January 1, 2015
(People buy traditional sweets for children to celebrate the birthday of prophet Muhammad, also known as "mawlid al nabi", which will fall next week, in a makeshift tent in Cairo, December 30, 2014. REUTERS /Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

(People buy traditional sweets for children to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, also known as “mawlid al nabi”, which falls this year on January 3, in a makeshift tent in Cairo, December 30, 2014. REUTERS /Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

British-German football match in Kabul in memory of WW1 Christmas truce

By Reuters Staff
December 24, 2014
(German and British troops pose for a photo after a football match to commemorating the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul December 24, 2014. British and German soldiers deployed in Afghanistan gathered in a dusty field on Wednesday to play a game of football in memory of the Christmas Day truce spontaneously called between their armies during the First World War in 1914. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

(German and British troops pose for a photo after a football match to commemorating the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

How World War One Christmas Truce led to court martial

December 24, 2014
(A resin sculpture, called "All Together Now", by artist Andrew Edward's is seen after being unveiled in the remains of St Luke's Church in Liverpool, northern England December 15 , 2014. The sculpture, depicting the Christmas Day football match between German and British soldiers fighting on the front line in World War One in 1914, will be displayed in the church that was damaged during German bombing of Liverpool in 1941. It will be displayed in the Liverpool church for a week, before being taken to be displayed at the area near Flanders where the football match took place. The longer term plan is for a permanent sculpture to be cast in bronze from the resin-finished version. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

(A resin sculpture, called “All Together Now”, by artist Andrew Edward’s is seen after being unveiled in the remains of St Luke’s Church in Liverpool, northern England December 15 , 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

from Photographers' Blog:

Jesus in Philadelphia

December 22, 2014

Philadelphia, PA

By Mark Makela

For nearly every day the last eight months, Michael Grant, 28, has dressed as Jesus Christ, and walked the streets of Philadelphia to share the Christian gospel by example. With long brown hair, a thick beard, and wearing a white robe and brown vest, he very much resembles the Westernized depiction of Jesus. Soon into this endeavor, he acquired the nickname of “Philly Jesus,” which he has gone by ever since.

Pope Francis says the Vatican Curia is sick with power and greed

December 22, 2014
(Pope Francis is pictured by mobile phones as he arrives to lead a special audience for Vatican employees and their families at the Paul VI's hall at the Vatican December 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis is pictured by mobile phones at a special audience for Vatican employees and their families at the Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Indian Hindu group RSS to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi

By Reuters Staff
December 21, 2014
(Mohan Bhagwat, chief of India's Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), addresses a rally in Kolkata December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri)

(Mohan Bhagwat, chief of India’s Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), addresses a rally in Kolkata December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri)

Financial fraud uncovered at branch of Catholicism’s Franciscan order

December 20, 2014
(Catholic monks during the procession in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Old City)

(Catholic monks during the procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, 2006/Abraham Sobkowski OFM)

Pope’s Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal

December 20, 2014
(Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin looks on during the arrival of Pope Francis (not pictured) at Fiumicino airport in Rome May 24, 2014. With a Rabbi and a Muslim leader in tow, Pope Francis makes his first visit to the Middle East on Saturday, a delicate mission to push his vision of inter-religious dialogue as a vehicle for peace in the region. He will visit Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and Israel during his May 24-26 trip. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin looks on during the arrival of Pope Francis (not pictured) at Fiumicino airport in Rome May 24, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Church of England appoints Libby Lane as its first woman bishop

December 17, 2014
(Libby Lane, a suffragan (Assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Chester, smiles as her forthcoming appointment as the new Bishop of Stockport is announced in the Town Hall in Stockport, northern England December 17, 2014. On her appointment, Lane will become the Church of England's first female bishop. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

(Libby Lane, a suffragan (Assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Chester, smiles as her forthcoming appointment as the new Bishop of Stockport is announced in the Town Hall in Stockport, northern England December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble)