Pope Francis says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

December 1, 2014
(Pope Francis shakes hands with a journalist on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a "profoundly grave sin against God" in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end the conflicts there. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis shakes hands with a journalist on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Arab-Jewish “Hand in Hand” school, symbol of Jerusalem co-existence, torched

By Reuters Staff
November 30, 2014
(A worker cleans up in a torched classroom in an Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem November 30, 2014. Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to the classroom, police said on Sunday, targeting a symbol of co-existence in a city on edge over a recent surge in violence. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(A worker cleans up in a torched classroom in an Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem November 30, 2014. 
REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Pope Francis prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

November 30, 2014
(Pope Francis is shown Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque by Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, during his visit to Istanbul November 29, 2014. Pope Francis began a visit to Turkey on Friday with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis is shown Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque by Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, during his visit to Istanbul November 29, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis in Istanbul condemns ‘barbaric violence’ of Islamic State

November 30, 2014
(Pope Francis addresses during a meeting with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, (not pictured), in Ankara November 28, 2014. Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

(Pope Francis addresses during a meeting with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, (not pictured), in Ankara November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Pope Francis slams all forms of fundamentalism and Syria, Iraq persecution

November 28, 2014
(Pope Francis prepares to shake hands with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, in Ankara November 28, 2014. Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

(Pope Francis prepares to shake hands with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, in Ankara November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Nepal devotees sacrifice thousands of animals in Hindu ritual

November 28, 2014
(Sacrificed buffalos lie on the ground of an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony of the "Gadhimai Mela" festival held in Bariyapur November 28, 2014. Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world's largest such exercise. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

(Sacrificed buffalos lie on the ground of an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony of the “Gadhimai Mela” festival held in Bariyapur November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Malaysia to prop up Sedition Act to protect “sanctity of Islam”

By Reuters Staff
November 27, 2014
(Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak gives the keynote address during the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) annual assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur November 27, 2014. Razak on Thursday bolstered a law protecting the sanctity of Islam and the country's traditional rulers, the sultans, in an about-turn to scrap a law banning criticism of the government. The Malaysian leader told a meeting of his ruling UMNO party that the act would be maintained and strengthened. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

(Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak gives the keynote address during the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) annual assembly in Kuala Lumpur November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

Secular France moves to confront jihadism after slow start

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2014
(Pierre N'Gahane, the French official in charge of deradicalisation nationally, poses during an interview with Reuters in his office in Paris November 21, 2014. France has been slow to respond to the spread of jihadist ideology due to strict state secularism, although a pilot programme in Paris using psychologists and educators seeks to de-radicalise would-be jihadis. N'Gahane said it has still not been decided how to deradicalise those in prison. An estimated 1,000 French nationals have been linked to fighting in Syria or Iraq, more than any other Western nation, with 100 of those now back in France. Picture taken November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

(Pierre N’Gahane, the French official in charge of deradicalisation nationally, poses during an interview with Reuters in his office in Paris November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Pakistan TV mogul gets 26 years’ jail for blasphemy, army role seen

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2014
(A policeman walks past a wall with graffiti directed at local media house Geo TV in Karachi May 20, 2014. Pakistan's biggest television station Geo TV said it was ramping up security on Tuesday after it became the object of dozens of blasphemy accusations for playing a song during an interview with an actress. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

(A policeman walks past a wall with graffiti directed at local media house Geo TV in Karachi May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Pope Francis says orders investigation into clergy sexual abuse in Spain

November 26, 2014
(Pope Francis attends a session of the European Parliament at the institution's headquarters in Strasbourg, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

(Pope Francis attends a session of the European Parliament at the institution’s headquarters in Strasbourg, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)