Boko Haram is ‘Islam’s worst enemy’ and will be beaten – Niger president

By Reuters Staff
April 6, 2015
(Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger, speaks at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

(Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger, speaks at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Tehran’s Friday prayer leader gives blessing to nuclear deal

By Reuters Staff
April 5, 2015
(Tehran's Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammed Emami-Kashani delivers a sermon in Tehran July 14, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

(Tehran’s Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammed Emami-Kashani delivers a sermon in Tehran July 14, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

Pope at Easter prays for killed Kenyan students, decries persecution of Christians

April 5, 2015
(Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.)

(Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.)

Prayers were no defense as Kenya gunmen sought out non-Muslims

By Reuters Staff
April 5, 2015
(A man looks through a window of Garissa morgue at bodies of suspected Garissa University College attackers, April 4, 2015. The death toll in an assault by Somali militants on Garissa University College is likely to climb above 147, a government source and media said on Friday, as anger grew among local residents over what they say as a government failure to prevent bloodshed. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

(A man looks through a window of Garissa morgue at bodies of suspected Garissa University College attackers, April 4, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

After Islamist attack, armed guards shield Kenyan churches

April 5, 2015
(Policemen walk in front of a Catholic church before an Easter Sunday service in Garissa April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

(Policemen walk in front of a Catholic church before an Easter Sunday service in Garissa April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

Israeli court tells army to re-route planned Bethlehem-area barrier

April 2, 2015
(Palestinian women walk past graffiti on Israel's controversial barrier as they walk towards an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, during the holy month of Ramadan July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Palestinian women walk past graffiti on Israel’s controversial barrier as they walk towards an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, during the holy month of Ramadan July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Arkansas and Indiana work to mend religion acts seen as targeting gays

By Reuters Staff
April 2, 2015
(Lesbian partners Marcia Hams (C) and Susan Shepard (R) are applauded as they cut a wedding cake in Cambridge City Hall before becoming the first same-sex couple to register for a marriage license shortly after midnight May 17, 2004. Massachusetts is the first state in the United States to legally sanction same-sex marriage based on a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that required the state to begin issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

(Lesbian partners Marcia Hams (C) and Susan Shepard (R) are applauded as they cut a wedding cake in Cambridge, Massachusetts City Hall before becoming the first same-sex couple to register for a marriage license shortly after midnight May 17, 2004. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

Pope Francis washes feet of prisoners in traditional Holy Thursday event

April 2, 2015
(Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during the Holy Thursday celebration, April 17, 2014. Pope Francis visited a rehabilitation centre at the church, on Rome's outskirts, for a service in which he washed and kissed the feet of 12 sick and disabled people. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during the Holy Thursday celebration, April 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

from The Great Debate:

Egypt’s grand mufti: No justification for terror in any religion

By Shawky Allam
April 1, 2015

A view of the Mosque of Mohammed Ali in the Citadel, the Sultan Hasan Mosque and the Al-Rifa'i Mosque in Cairo

The Mosque of Mohammed Ali in the Citadel (top), the Sultan Hasan Mosque and the Al-Rifa'i Mosque (bottom right) in Cairo, May 20, 2008, REUTERS/Nasser Nuri

Rogue Catholic bishops plan to grow schismatic challenge to Rome

By Reuters Staff
March 30, 2015
(French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure (C) walks during a mass in Nova Friburgo near Rio de Janeiro March 28, 2015. Two renegade Catholic bishops plan to consecrate a new generation of bishops to spread their ultra-traditionalist movement called "The Resistance" in defiance of the Vatican, one of them said at a remote monastery in Brazil. French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure, himself consecrated only two weeks ago by the Holocaust-denying British Bishop Richard Williamson, said the new group rejected Pope Francis and what it called his "new religion" and would not engage in a dialogue with Rome until the Vatican turned back the clock. Picture taken on March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Eisenhammer)

(French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure (C) walks during a mass in Nova Friburgo near Rio de Janeiro March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Eisenhammer)