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)

UK Muslim leaders call for release of Briton held by Islamic State

September 19, 2014
(Iraqi Shiite militia fighters hold the Islamic State flag as they celebrate after breaking the siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants, September 1, 2014. Picture taken on September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY))

(Iraqi Shiite militia fighters hold up the Islamic State flag, September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)

Jailed murderer in Belgium granted request to die under euthanasia law

By Reuters Staff
September 19, 2014
(Cemetery in Bruges, Belgium

(Cemetery in Bruges, Belgium, 10 July 2013/Wernervc)

A Belgian murderer and rapist serving a life sentence is to be allowed to have doctors end his life following a ground-breaking ruling under laws in Belgium permitting people to request euthanasia.

Egypt targets last bastion of Muslim Brotherhood dissent, Al Azhar University

By Reuters Staff
September 19, 2014
(A student of Al-Azhar University walks along a wall covered with graffiti near a bus damaged by a bomb blast around the Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo's Nasr City district December 26, 2013. The bomb blast hit the bus on Thursday, injuring four people, a spokesman for Egypt's interior ministry told Reuters, two days after a car bomb killed 16 in the Nile Delta. That graffiti says, "Mursi is in our hearts and my President. Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi = Syrian President Bashar al-Assad." REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh )

(A student of Al-Azhar University walks along a wall covered with graffiti at the Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo’s Nasr City district December 26, 2013. The graffiti says, “Mursi is in our hearts and my President. Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi = Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.” REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh )

Gunmen in Pakistan kill Islamic studies professor who faced blasphemy accusations

By Reuters Staff
September 19, 2014
(Karachi skyline from Clifden beach

(Karachi skyline from Clifton beach, 13 February 2013/Umer07)

Unidentified gunmen on Thursday shot dead a professor of Islamic studies in Pakistan who had faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his moderate views, police said.

from India Insight:

Book Talk – Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

September 19, 2014

Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna's latest book pieces together the history of an Indian "hospice" in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres near the Dome of the Rock, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago.

In Albania, Pope Francis to celebrate religious revival and tolerance

September 18, 2014
(St Paul's Cathedral in Tirana

(St Paul’s Cathedral in Tirana, 26 July 2009/Gertjan R.)

Father Gjergj Meta’s grandfather managed to save the gold chalice and communion plate from his village church when it was razed like many others in Albania during the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha half a century ago.