France plans broader dialogue with its large Muslim minority

February 25, 2015
(A mosque is seen near council housing blocks in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, near Paris, January 22, 2015. Soul-searching in France in the weeks since Islamist gunmen killed 17 people has centred on battling radical Islam and reinforcing the country's secular tradition. In the "cit?s", housing estates like those in which the gunmen grew up, this seems to many like seeking a scapegoat for decades of neglect. Picture taken January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

(A mosque near council housing blocks in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, near Paris, January 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Austria passes ‘Law on Islam’ banning foreign money for Muslim groups

By Reuters Staff
February 25, 2015
(A mosque is pictured in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014. Austria called on Thursday for standardised German-language translations of the Koran and moved to prohibit foreign funding of Muslim organisations on its soil in a draft law aimed in part at tackling Islamic extremism. The bill will overhaul a 1912 law governing the status of Austrian Muslims, prompting concern from a major local Islamic body, which saw it mirroring widespread mistrust of Muslims. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

(The minaret of a mosque in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

New York City and Jewish leaders reach deal on circumcision health risks

February 25, 2015
(An ultra-Orthodox Jewish father (C) holds his son before his circumcision in Jerusalem September 24, 2012. Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis, is a ritual obligation for infant Jewish boys performed eight days after birth as a mark of faith ordained by the Bible, and is widely practiced in Israel both by religious and secular Jewish families. Picture taken September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(An ultra-Orthodox Jewish father (C) holds his son before his circumcision in Jerusalem September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

London Catholic cardinal pressures UK government on ‘shocking’ poverty levels

By Reuters Staff
February 25, 2015
(A homeless man sits on a pavement in central London February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville)

(A homeless man sits on a pavement in central London February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville)

Friction over India’s beef trade heats up after Hindu nationalist attacks

By Reuters Staff
February 25, 2015
(A woman spreads out fodder for rescued cattle at a "goushala", or a cow shelter, run by Bharatiya Gou Rakshan Parishad, an arm of Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), at Aangaon village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra February 20, 2015. Hindu nationalists in India have stepped up attacks on the country's beef industry, seizing trucks with cattle bound for abattoirs and blockading meat processing plants in a bid to halt the trade in the world's second-biggest exporter. Picture taken February 20. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade)

(A woman spreads out fodder for rescued cattle at a “goushala”, or a cow shelter, run by Bharatiya Gou Rakshan Parishad, an arm of Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), at Aangaon village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra February 20, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade)

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Assyrian Christians

By Reuters Staff
February 25, 2015
(A Reuters graphic on ethnic groups in Syria, issued on 24 February 2015 before the latest update bringing the total of abducted Christians to at least 150.)

(A Reuters graphic on ethnic groups in Syria, issued on 24 February 2015 before the latest update bringing the total of abducted Christians to at least 150.)

Religious groups back Muslim woman in U.S. Supreme Court headscarf case

By Reuters Staff
February 24, 2015
(A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building at sunrise is seen in Washington October 5, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court opens on Monday a new term in which the nine justices will decide issues such as whether a Muslim prison inmate can have a beard and whether a man can be prosecuted for making threatening statements on Facebook. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

(A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building at sunrise is seen in Washington October 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Church of England accused of double standards over low wages

By Reuters Staff
February 23, 2015
(The first female bishop in the Church of England Libby Lane bows to her fellow bishops following her consecration service at York Minster in York, northern England January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

(The first female bishop in the Church of England Libby Lane bows to her fellow bishops following her consecration service at York Minster in York, northern England January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

Norway’s Muslims form protective human ring around synagogue

February 23, 2015
(Muslims join hands to form a human shield as they stand outside a synagogue in Oslo February 21, 2015. More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield, dubbed a ring of peace, around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighbouring Denmark last weekend. REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix)

(Muslims join hands to form a human shield as they stand outside a synagogue in Oslo February 21, 2015. REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix)

Pope to mafiosi: repent and Catholic Church will welcome you back

February 23, 2015
(Pope Francis is seen through the window of a bus as he departs for the village of Ariccia at the Vatican February 22, 2015. Pope Francis is leading members of the Roman Curia on a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis is seen through the window of a bus as he departs for the village of Ariccia at the Vatican February 22, 2015. Pope Francis is leading members of the Roman Curia on a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome. REUTERS/Max Rossi)