Irish Catholic Church says horrified by children’s mass grave

June 6, 2014
(The entrance to the site of a mass grave of hundreds of children who died in the former Bons Secours home for unmarried mothers is seen in Tuam, County Galway June 4, 2014. Local residents on Tuesday said they hoped a campaign is making headway to commemorate the unmarked mass grave of nearly 800 babies found in Tuam. The infants were buried without coffins in the grounds of a former home for unmarried mothers between 1925 and 1961. A total of 796 babies toddlers and children were buried in this mass grave. Death records show the children died from malnutrition and infectious disease. REUTERS/Stringer )

(The entrance to the site of a mass grave of hundreds of children who died in the former Bon Secours home for unmarried mothers is seen in Tuam, County Galway June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Sword-wielding Sikhs clash at India’s Golden Temple

By Reuters Staff
June 6, 2014
Sikhs hold swords as they protest during a clash inside the complex of the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar June 6, 2014. Sikhs wielding swords clashed inside the compound of their religion's holiest shrine on Friday, the 30th anniversary of a controversial raid by Indian security forces that flushed out separatist militants holed up in the temple. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

(Sikhs hold swords as they protest during a clash inside the complex of the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Munish Sharma)

Muslims pray to turn Turkey’s greatest monument back into a mosque

June 6, 2014
(Local and foreign visitors, with the Byzantine-era monument of Hagia Sophia in the background, stroll at Sultanahmet square in Istanbul August 23, 2013. The number of foreign visitors arriving in Turkey grew at its slowest pace for eight months in July, as the impact of anti-government protests and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan took their toll, data showed on Friday. Foreign arrivals rose 0.48 percent year-on-year last month to 4.59 million people, according to the Tourism Ministry figures, the lowest rise since November. The number of visitors rose 4.93 percent the previous month. REUTERS/Murad Sezer )

(Hagia Sophia in Istanbul August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Murad Sezer )

It has served as the exalted seat of two faiths since its vast dome and lustrous gold mosaics first levitated above Istanbul in the 6th Century: Christendom’s greatest cathedral for 900 years and one of Islam’s greatest mosques for another 500.

Saudi Arabia may curb Dutch trade ties over Wilders’ anti-Islam slogans

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2014
(Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders speaks during an interview with Reuters in The Hague April 17, 2014. Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders blamed the crisis in Ukraine on the European Union on Thursday, accusing it of inciting violence by dangling the "carrot" of EU integration. Wilders, whose party is second in Dutch opinion polls, said the European Union had no business adopting a joint foreign policy towards its giant eastern neighbour and that EU sanctions against Russia would be ineffective. To match Interview EU-ELECTION/DUTCH-WILDERS REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

(Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders in The Hague April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

Church can help heal Scottish independence divisions, says Queen Elizabeth

May 19, 2014
*(People stand at the main entrance of Canongate Kirk in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland March 9, 2011. Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry the captain of England's rugby team, Mike Tindall, in July, Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday, becoming the monarch's second grandchild to get married in the space of a few months. Buckingham Palace said Phillips, 29, and Tindall would wed at Canongate Kirk, the parish church of Edinburgh Castle. REUTERS/David Moir )

(Canongate Kirk, the parish church of Edinburgh Castle, in Edinburgh, Scotland March 9, 2011. REUTERS/David Moir )

In Modi’s India, a case of rule and divide

May 16, 2014
(Muslim boys play cricket in a ground in the Muslim dominated Johapura area in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad February 28, 2014. Narendra Modi's critics depict him as an autocratic Hindu supremacist who would tyrannize the country's minority Muslims if his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power. Modi himself insists he is a moderate who will create a prosperous India for people of all creeds. Picture taken February 28, 2014. To match Special Report INDIA-MUSLIMS/ REUTERS/Ahmad Masood )

(Muslim boys play cricket in a ground in the Muslim dominated Johapura area in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood )

Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity

By Reuters Staff
May 16, 2014
(Al-Nour mosque, Khartoum)

(Al-Nour mosque, Khartoum, 19 December 2011/simsimt)

A Sudanese court has sentenced a 27-year-old woman to death for converting to Christianity, judicial sources said.

Religious tensions deepen Ukraine splits – Russian Orthodox official

May 16, 2014
(Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, attends an interview with Reuters in Moscow May 16, 2014. Religious tensions are deepening dividing lines in Ukraine's crisis, with rival churches taking political sides and Kiev slighting the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Hilarion said on Friday. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov )

(Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s foreign relations department, at an interview with Reuters in Moscow May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov )

In Indonesia, moderate Islamic party returns to political center stage

By Reuters Staff
May 12, 2014
(Jakarta governor and presidential candidate Joko Widodo looks on during PDIP party campaign in Jakarta March 16, 2014. In a sign Indonesians are coming to assume that the hugely popular Jakarta governor Widodo will be their next president, even the outgoing leader is pressing him to be more explicit about his policies before he is in office. Picture take March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

(Jakarta governor and presidential candidate Joko Widodo looks on during PDIP party campaign in Jakarta March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta)