Indonesian Islamic minority protests mosque closure and fears growing intolerance

By Reuters Staff
July 10, 2015
(A woman walks past a mosque belonging to Ahmadiyah, an Indonesian minority Islamic sect, which was closed this week by government authorities in South Jakarta, Indonesia, July 9, 2015. Members of Ahmadiyah protested on Thursday against the forced closure of one of their mosques amid concerns over rising religious intolerance in a country which is home to world's largest Muslim population. The closure of the Ahmadiyah mosque is the latest in a series of incidents across the country in which religious minorities have faced harassment from hardline Islamic groups, but a rare event in the capital Jakarta. The sign in red reads "This building is sealed due to inappropriate usage." REUTERS/Nyimas Laula)

(A woman walks past a mosque belonging to Ahmadiyah, an Indonesian minority Islamic sect, which was closed this week by government authorities in South Jakarta, Indonesia, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Nyimas Laula)

Pope Francis calls for new economic order, criticises capitalism

July 10, 2015
(Pope Francis looks to the side as he attends a World Meeting of Popular Movements with Bolivia's President Evo Morales (not pictured) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015. Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a "new colonialism" by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labor, lodging and land. In one of the longest, most passionate and sweeping speeches of his pontificate, the Argentine-born pope also asked forgiveness for the sins committed by the Roman Catholic Church in its treatment of native Americans during what he called the "so-called conquest of America." REUTERS/David Mercado)

(Pope Francis looks to the side as he attends a World Meeting of Popular Movements with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (not pictured) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/David Mercado)

Bolivian ‘communist crucifix’ gift to Pope Francis surprises Vatican

July 10, 2015
(Pope Francis receives a gift from Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) in La Paz, Bolivia, July 8, 2015. Reuters/Osservatore Romano)

(Pope Francis receives a gift from Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) in La Paz, Bolivia, July 8, 2015.
Reuters/Osservatore Romano)

In Baghdad, end of a curfew brings Ramadan joy

By Reuters Staff
July 10, 2015
(An Iraqi family relaxes after eating their pre-dawn Suhoor meal before the start of the daily Ramadan fast at the Aroma Cafe in Baghdad, July 8, 2015. The lifting of a night-time curfew in the Iraqi capital five months ago means that, for the first time since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion brought violence and turmoil, lavish Ramadan meals can stretch on until dawn. While the rest of the country fragments, hardline Islamic State fighters battle the army less than 50 km (30 miles) away, and car bombs still regularly inflict their deadly toll across the city, people seize gratefully at any chance to enjoy life. Picture Taken July 8, 2015. To match story MIDEAST-CRISIS/BAGHDAD REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)

(An Iraqi family relaxes after eating their pre-dawn Suhoor meal before the start of the daily Ramadan fast at the Aroma Cafe in Baghdad, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)

Popemobile online game pokes fun at Paraguay’s potholes

By Reuters Staff
July 7, 2015
(Pope Francis greets the crowd of faithful from a popemobile in Quito, Ecuador, July 5, 2015. Francis landed in Ecuador's capital Quito on Sunday to begin an eight-day tour of South America that will also include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay. On his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America, the Argentina-born pope is scheduled to conduct masses in both Quito and the coastal city of Guayaquil before flying to Bolivia on Wednesday. REUTERS/Kevin Granja)

(Pope Francis greets the crowd of faithful from a popemobile in Quito, Ecuador, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Granja)

Palestinians connect to Jerusalem’s Muslim holy sites with selfies

By Reuters Staff
July 7, 2015
(Palestinian Nura Hassan, 17, from the West Bank town of Bethlehem, takes a selfie photo in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, during the holy month of Ramadan, June 29, 2015. This is Hassan's first visit to the compound. Palestinians young and old have jumped on a trend for taking "selfies" at Al Aqsa, the 8th century Muslim shrine in Jerusalem, both as a personal memento and for relatives prevented from or unable to visit the ancient compound. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

(Palestinian Nura Hassan, 17, from the West Bank town of Bethlehem, takes a selfie photo in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City during Ramadan, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

In Ecuador, Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Catholic Church

July 7, 2015
(Pope Francis disembarks from a plane after arriving in Quito, following his visit to Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 6, 2015. Pope Francis used his first Mass in Ecuador on Monday to ask for support in his efforts to reach out to Catholics who feel shunned by the Church when the world's bishops gather at the Vatican in October. Speaking to 800,000 people on the first leg of his "homecoming" tour of South America, the 78-year-old pope weaved his homily around the theme of the family, which will be the subject of the month-long synod at the Vatican. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis disembarks from a plane after arriving in Quito, following his visit to Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Myanmar scraps property projects under pressure from Buddhist monks

By Reuters Staff
July 7, 2015
(Visitors walk around the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom)

(Visitors walk around the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom)

from The Great Debate:

Pope Francis, a different kind of pontiff, in his own words

By Lena Masri
July 6, 2015

Pope Francis waves from a popemobile as he greets a crowd of faithful in Quito, Ecuador

Pope Francis waves from a popemobile as he greets a crowd of faithful in Quito, Ecuador, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Granja

In some U.S. churches, guns are the answer to a prayer

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(A police officer checks the purse of a parishioner as she arrives for the morning service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston June 21, 2015. Hundreds of people flocked to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Sunday as it reopened its doors to worshipers just days after a gunman shot dead nine black church members. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

(A police officer checks the purse of a parishioner as she arrives for the morning service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)