How the Russian Orthodox Church answers Putin’s prayers in Ukraine

October 6, 2014
(Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an "internal political crisis" in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity. Picture taken February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti)

(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti)

In historic homeland, Pakistan’s Sikhs live under constant threat

By Reuters Staff
October 3, 2014
(Members of the Sikh community walk through the narrow streets of Peshawar with Gorvindar Singh (C), one of three Sikhs who was kidnapped for ransom, after his return home March 1, 2010. Pakistani security forces on Monday recovered two Sikhs kidnapped for ransom in the country's volatile northwest, days after one of their colleagues was killed by kidnappers. The three Sikhs were abducted from the Khyber region on the Afghan border in January. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz )

(Members of the Sikh community walk through the narrow streets of Peshawar with Gorvindar Singh (C), one of three Sikhs who was kidnapped for ransom, after his return home March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz )

Nobel Laureates condemn South Africa visa denial to Dalai Lama

By Reuters Staff
October 3, 2014
(Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures during a speech at the 108th anniversary of Indian Merchant Chambers in Mumbai September 18, 2014. Tibet's exiled spiritual leader said on Thursday that an unsettled border with China encompassing large parts of the Tibetan plateau was a problem for India and called for talks to resolve the dispute as Chinese President Xi Jinping toured India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui )

(Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures during a speech at the 108th anniversary of Indian Merchant Chambers in Mumbai September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui )

Ireland to vote on removal of blasphemy law last used in 1855

October 3, 2014
(Chamber of the Dail, the Irish parliament,

(Chamber of the Dail, the Irish parliament, 28 June 2008/AnCatDubh)

Once staunchly Catholic Ireland will hold a referendum to remove the crime of blasphemy from its constitution, an offense now punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros ($31,600) but which has probably not been prosecuted since the 19th century.

Islamic State is committing ‘staggering’ crimes in Iraq – U.N. report

October 3, 2014
(Residents watch militant Islamist fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

(Residents watch militant Islamist fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Facing fears over extremism, Austria unveils new law on Islam

By Reuters Staff
October 3, 2014
(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 )

(A mosque is pictured in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler )

Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions of Muslims gather for haj

By Reuters Staff
October 3, 2014
(Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )

(Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )

Vatican family synod will be a test case for Pope Francis’ papacy

October 2, 2014
(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

October 1, 2014
(A woman prays near pictures of victims who were killed in an attack at the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, during Christmas eve in Baghdad, in this photo taken December 24, 2010. A French mission to rescue victims of the church massacre in Baghdad has raised questions about the fairness of such operations, with rights groups calling for the rescue of all Iraq's threatened groups, not just Christians. Picture taken December 24, 2010. To match Feature FRANCE-IRAQ/CHRISTIANS REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen )

(A woman prays near pictures of victims who were killed in an attack at the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, during Christmas eve in Baghdad, in this photo taken December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)

Hindu temple in India purified after low-caste chief minister visits

By Reuters Staff
October 1, 2014
(A temple priest adjusts the shield on a Goddess Durga statue at Veeramakaliamman Hindu temple in Singapore October 31, 2013. The Hindu community will celebrate the Festival of Lights known as Diwali or Deepavali, on November 2. REUTERS/Edgar Su )

(A temple priest adjusts the shield on a Goddess Durga statue at a Hindu temple in Singapore October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su )