Pope Francis to visit Rome synagogue for first time

November 18, 2015
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(The Great Synagogue of Rome, November 2011/Fczarnowski)

Pope Francis will make his first pontifical visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue next year, the Vatican and the city’s Jewish community said in statements on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi dilemma in spotlight after Paris attack

November 18, 2015
Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba during their final circling at the Grand Mosque during the annual hajj pilgrimage for this year in Mecca October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR495NL

(Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba during their final circling at the Grand Mosque during the annual hajj pilgrimage for this year in Mecca October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

from The Great Debate:

Islamic State has become an existential threat to the West

November 18, 2015

Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3WKNM

Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Guestview: Grand Mufti of Egypt on the Paris attacks

November 16, 2015
People observe a minute of silence outside the Bataclan music hall to pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks on Friday, in Paris, France, November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann   - RTS7BH3

(People observe a minute of silence outside the Bataclan music hall to pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks on Friday, in Paris, France, November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

Lutherans and Catholics should seek pardon for past persecutions, Pope Francis says

November 16, 2015
Pope Francis prays during his visit to the Lutheran church in Rome November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile - RTS76P9

(Pope Francis prays during his visit to the Lutheran church in Rome November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

French Muslims fear repercussions from murderous Paris attacks

November 16, 2015
(Several hundred people, Muslims and non-Muslims, gather to pray at the Grande Mosque in Lyon, France, November 15, 2015, for the victims of the series of shootings in Paris on Friday.  REUTERS/Robert Pratta)

(Several hundred people, Muslims and non-Muslims, gather to pray at the Grande Mosque in Lyon, France, November 15, 2015, for the victims of the series of shootings in Paris on Friday. REUTERS/Robert Pratta)

from The Great Debate:

Paris attacks: The West’s fatal misunderstanding of Islamic State

November 15, 2015

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATHGeneral view of the scene with rescue service personnel working near covered bodies outside a restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris, France, November 13, 2015.   REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS6W3I

A general view of the scene outside a restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

from The Great Debate:

Paris attack is Europe’s security nightmare

November 14, 2015

French police with protective shields walk in line near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 14, 2015. Gunmen and bombers attacked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris on Friday evening, killing dozens of people in what a shaken French President described as an unprecedented terrorist attack.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann   - RTS6WWE

French police with protective shields walk in line near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky to open in July 2016: founder

November 13, 2015
Noah's Ark

(Noah’s Ark fresco from about 1100 AD in the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe in Poitou, France)

U.S. Mormons to resign in Utah protest at church’s gay marriage stance

November 13, 2015
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings at the first session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 185th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah April 4, 2015.  REUTERS/George Frey - RTR4W3VO

(The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings  in Salt Lake City, Utah April 4, 2015. REUTERS/George Frey)