French magazine attack set to deepen Europe’s culture war over Islam

By Paul Taylor
January 8, 2015
(People hold placards reading "I am Charlie" to pay tribute to the victims following a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in front of the French embassy in Rome January 8, 2015. France began a day of mourning for the journalists and police officers shot dead on Wednesday morning by black-hooded gunmen who stormed the Paris offices of the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, renowned for lampooning radical Islam. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(People hold placards reading “I am Charlie” to pay tribute to the victims following a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in front of the French embassy in Rome January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Book Talk: Great Reformer biography links Pope Francis to Argentine roots

January 8, 2015
(Pope Francis holds a baby during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis holds a baby during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

from The Great Debate:

Will France fall into the trap of pitting ‘Islamism’ vs. ‘Nativism?’

By Carlo Invernizzi Accetti
January 8, 2015

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The brutal attack that took place in Paris Wednesday on the headquarters of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, leaving at least 12 dead and more than 20 injured, could lead to dreadful consequences. 

Radical Islam a growing threat to sub-Saharan Christians – report

January 7, 2015
(People pray near the graves of victims of a suicide bomb attack during a memorial service at St. Theresa's Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 23, 2012. Boko Haram has killed hundreds in its campaign to impose sharia law in northern Nigeria and is the biggest threat to stability in Africa's top oil exporter.This Christmas, the police and military are expecting more trouble in the north. They've ordered security to be tightened, people's movement restricted and churches to be guarded.But such is the commitment to religion in a country with Africa's largest Christian population that millions of people will pack out thousands of churches in the coming days. It is impossible to protect everyone, security experts say. Picture taken December 23, 2012. To match story NIGERIA-CHRISTMAS/ REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

(People pray near the graves of victims of a suicide bomb attack during a memorial service at St. Theresa’s Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital Abuja, December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Attacked French weekly Charlie Hebdo often lambasted religion, especially radical Islam

January 7, 2015
(A member of the media makes images of the front page of Charlie Hebdo which shows a caricature of French author Michel Houellebecq near the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, after a shooting January 7, 2015. Twelve people including two police officers were killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, a police spokesman said in an update on the death toll. The French president described the shooting as without doubt a terrorist attack. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

(A cameraman shows the front page of Charlie Hebdo which shows a caricature of French author Michel Houellebecq, author of a new book about a fictional Muslim takeover of France, near the weekly’s Paris offices after a shooting January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

from The Great Debate:

World’s cartoonists respond to the attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’

By Jason Fields
January 7, 2015

The outpouring in reaction to the killing of 12 in an attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris -- known for its cartoons that took on politicians and religious figures, including the Prophet Mohammad -- was spontaneous and pointed. Below is a sampling of some of the cartoons that are being shared on Twitter, most with the hashtag #jesuischarlie -- I am Charlie.

Myanmar’s new Catholic cardinal warns against religious extremism

By Reuters Staff
January 6, 2015
(Catholics listen to a speech as they mark the 500th Jubilee Year of the Presence of Catholic Church in Myanmar in St. Mary church in Yangon, November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

(Catholics mark the 500th Jubilee Year of the Presence of Catholic Church in Myanmar in St. Mary church in Yangon, November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Popular newspaper and prominent Germans condemn anti-Muslim rallies

By Reuters Staff
January 6, 2015
(Participants of an alternative rally use brooms as they protest against a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West", in Dresden January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

(Protesters against the anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”, use brooms to “sweep the streets clean of prejudice” in Dresden January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

from India Insight:

Photos from the exhibition of the relics of St. Francis Xavier

By Karen Rebelo
January 5, 2015

Among the throngs of tourists who visited India's beach state of Goa to usher in the new year, many visited for a different reason than the usual beach scene, raves and holiday revelry. Thousands upon thousands of Christians and people of other faiths braved the heat and long lines to view the relics of Saint Francis Xavier at church of the Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa. Francis Xavier's body, which the faithful say has not fully decomposed since his death in 1552 has always attracted visitors to the former Portuguese colony.

Belgian murderer requests euthanasia, due to die on January 11

January 5, 2015
(Protesters, who call themselves the "yellow jackets", hold banners and placards as they demonstrate against a new law authorizing euthanasia for children, in Brussels February 11, 2014. Belgium is expected to pass a new law on Thursday, introducing the right to grant euthanasia for terminally ill children, making Belgium the first country in the world to remove the age limit for the procedure. The new law is going to the Belgian Parliament with MP's expected to pass it after breaking what is an almost universal taboo, when in December last year the country's Senate voted it through a 50-17 majority. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule)

(Protesters demonstrate against a new law authorizing euthanasia for children, in Brussels February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule)