New York politicians criticize anti-Islam ads due to run on buses

September 24, 2014
(A bus runs though Union Square Park after Hurricane Sandy hit New York October 30, 2012. Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of the whipping winds and heavy rains of the massive storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and many parts of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and extensive power outages. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid )

(A bus runs though Union Square Park after Hurricane Sandy hit New York October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid )

Chicago church gives congregants $500 each to spend for good cause

September 24, 2014
(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young )

(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young )

Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise – they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it.

Myanmar’s Rohingya stuck in refugee limbo in India

By Reuters Staff
September 23, 2014
(A woman, who says she belongs to the Rohingya community from Myanmar, washes clothes as children play in a camp in New Delhi September 13, 2014. India, despite hosting some 30,000 registered refugees, has no legal recognition of asylum seekers, making it difficult for them to use essential services like schools and hospitals, human rights groups say - and the Rohingya community is among the most vulnerable. According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), there are around 9,000 Rohingya registered in Delhi. Picture taken September 13. To match FOUNDATION-STATELESS/INDIA-ROHINGYA REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

(A woman, who says she belongs to the Rohingya community from Myanmar, washes clothes as children play in a camp in New Delhi September 13, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

Myanmar gives citizenship to 209 displaced Muslims, including Rohingya

By Reuters Staff
September 23, 2014
(Rohingya women are pictured at the Thae Chaung camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 22, 2014. Restrictions on international aid have exacerbated a growing health crisis among stateless Muslim Rohingya in west Myanmar. In February, Myanmar's government expelled the main aid group providing health to more than half a million Rohingya, Medecins Sans Frontieres-Holland (MSF-H), after the organisation said it had treated people believed to have been victims of violence in southern Maungdaw township in January. The United Nations says at least 40 Rohingya were killed there by Buddhist Rakhine villagers. The government denies any killings occurred. An attack in March on NGO and U.N. offices by a Rakhine mob led to the withdrawal of other groups providing healthcare and other essential aid to another 140,000 Rohingya living in camps. REUTERS/Minzayar)

(Rohingya women are pictured at the Thae Chaung camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Minzayar)

More Americans see religion’s influence waning, want bigger role in politics: Pew poll

September 23, 2014
(A woman walks past an empty, boarded-up church in Youngstown, Ohio November 21, 2009. Youngstown has 4,500 vacant structures in a city of about 75,000 people, and about 22,000 vacant parcels of land. REUTERS/Brian Snyder )

(A woman walks past an empty, boarded-up church in Youngstown, Ohio November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder )

India’s Modi will observe strict Hindu fast during maiden trip to U.S.

By Reuters Staff
September 23, 2014
(Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), gestures after seeking blessings from his mother Heeraben at her residence in Gandhinagar in the western Indian state of Gujarat May 16, 2014. Modi will be the next prime minister of India, with counting trends showing the pro-business Hindu nationalist and his party headed for the most resounding election victory the country has seen in 30 years. REUTERS/Amit Dave)

(Narendra Modi gestures after seeking blessings from his mother Heeraben at her residence in Gandhinagar in the western Indian state of Gujarat during his election campaign, May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave)

German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

September 22, 2014
(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014. More than 2,000 German mosques have invited Germans of all religions to join their Friday prayers to present a united front against the Islamic State to try to dissuade young Muslims from travelling to fight with radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Hannibal )

(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Hannibal )

Iraqi Christians fly to new life in France after escaping Islamic State

September 22, 2014
(Displaced Iraq Christians who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, pray at a school acting as a refugee camp in Erbil September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah )

(Displaced Iraq Christians who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, pray at a school acting as a refugee camp in Erbil September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah )

Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Catholic Church

September 22, 2014
(Bishop Blase Cupich, answers questions from the press in Bellevue, Washington in this June 16, 2011 file photo. Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on September 20, 2014 named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. REUTERS/Marcus Donner/)

(Bishop Blase Cupich, answers questions from the press in Bellevue, Washington in this June 16, 2011 file photo. Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on September 20, 2014 named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. REUTERS/Marcus Donner/)

Pope Francis, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

September 22, 2014
(Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with representatives of Albania's Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities, at the Catholic University "Our Lady of Good Counsel" in Tirana, September 21, 2014. The pope is on a one-day pastoral visit to Albania. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino)

(Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with representatives of Albania’s Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities, at the Catholic University “Our Lady of Good Counsel” in Tirana, September 21, 2014. The pope is on a one-day pastoral visit to Albania. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino)