Court acquits ex-Vatican official in money smuggling case

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2016
Clouds hang over Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican March 11, 2013. Roman Catholic Cardinals will begin their conclave inside the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect a new pope. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

(Clouds hang over Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 11, 2013. 
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Jail to jihad: Indonesian prisons a breeding ground for militancy

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2016
Radical Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman (C), also known as Oman Rochman, raises his hands in a holding cell as he waits with other militants for their trial in Jakarta, in this August 26, 2010 file photo.  REUTERS/Dadang Tri/Files

(Radical Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman (C) in a holding cell as he waits with other militants for their trial in Jakarta, in this August 26, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Dadang Tri)

Politics and corruption fuel battle for Thai Buddhism’s top post

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2016
A Buddhist monk walks in a monastery in Bangkok, Thailand, January 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A Buddhist monk walks in a monastery in Bangkok, Thailand, January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Hebrew graffiti at Jerusalem monastery threatens Christians

January 18, 2016
An Orthodox monk cleans graffiti from a door of the Greek Orthodox Seminary, located next to the Domition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem's Old City January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

(An Orthodox monk cleans graffiti from a door of the Greek Orthodox Seminary, located next to the Domition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem’s Old City January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Pakistan arrests imam after boy cuts hand off in blasphemy error

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2016
Clouds are pictured over the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad July 13, 2008.  Local weather forecasts predict higher than average monsoon rainfalls in some parts of the country. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed   (PAKISTAN)

(General view with Faisal Mosque in Islamabad July 13, 2008. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)

Pope Francis visits Rome synagogue, condemns violence in name of religion

January 18, 2016
Pope Francis listens to the speech of chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni during his visit at Rome's Great Synagogue, Italy January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis listens to the speech of chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni during his visit at Rome’s Great Synagogue, Italy January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Anglican Communion penalizes U.S. church over gay marriage to avoid schism

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2016
Christian gay rights campaigners protest in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, southern Britain, January 15, 2016. . REUTERS/Toby Melville

(Christian gay rights campaigners protest in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, southern Britain, January 15, 2016. . REUTERS/Toby Melville)

from Tales from the Trail:

Trump picks wrong place for Bible gaffe

By Sarah N. Lynch
January 18, 2016

People watch as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on a big screen at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, January 18, 2016.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTX22XWA

People watch as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

India’s Sabarimala temple defends ban on woman under court scrutiny

By Reuters Staff
January 12, 2016
Hindu pilgrims queue outside the Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers to the Hindu deity "Ayappa", about 70 kms (43 miles) west of the town Pathanamthtta in Kerala, on January 15, 2003. REUTERS/Dipak Kumar/Files

(Hindu pilgrims queue outside the Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers to the Hindu deity “Ayappa”, about 70 kms (43 miles) west of the town Pathanamthtta in Kerala, on January 15,
2003. REUTERS/Dipak Kumar)

Head of Marseille Jews urges them not to wear kippas after attack

By Reuters Staff
January 12, 2016
Pro-Israel demonstrators take part in a demonstration called by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler  (FRANCE) - RTR23DLX

(Pro-Israel demonstrator wears kippa with Star of David in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler)