Ultra-Orthodox mayor wins vote in Beit Shemesh, an Israeli town torn by religion

By Reuters Staff
March 13, 2014

(Campaign billboards for the  municipal election in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem March 6, 2014. When residents of this Israeli town go to the ballots on Tuesday, they may decide more than a bitterly contested mayoral race. Many see the vote as a bellwether for the strained secular-religious ties in the Jewish state. Picture taken March 6, 2014. To match story ISRAEL-ULTRAORTHODOX/ REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Timeline: The first year of the papacy of Francis

March 13, 2014

(Pope Francis on the flight to Rome from Brazil where he made his “who am I to judge?” comment, July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Luca Zennaro/Pool)

Most memorable quotes of Pope Francis from his first year

March 13, 2014

(Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez )

In Vatican shake-up, Pope Francis redefines the role of his second-in-command

March 13, 2014

(Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

German Catholic bishops pick pope aide Cardinal Marx as their new leader

By Alexandra Hudson
March 13, 2014

(German Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Germany’s Catholic bishops elected Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx their new leader on Wednesday, picking a close associate of Pope Francis already working on Vatican reform to also guide them at home.

A year on, Pope Francis faces challenges meeting reform hopes

March 11, 2014

(Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Islamic scholars establish prizes for peace, recommend Muslim peace teams

By Reuters Staff
March 11, 2014

(Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies session, March 9, 2014/Sohail Nakhooda)

Orthodox patriarchs urge peace in Ukraine, plan first council in 1,200 years

March 9, 2014

(Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (R) leads a special Sunday mass after the Synaxis at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Hollywood blockbuster film ‘Noah’ faces ban in the Arab world

By Reuters Staff
March 8, 2014

(A stained glass painting of Noah’s Ark in Saint-Étienne-du-Mont church in Paris, June 2, 2010/GFreihalter)