U.S. evangelicals draw battle lines against same-sex marriage

By Reuters Staff
June 22, 2015
(Ben Phelps of Topeka, Kansas demonstrates against same-sex marriage with his church group outside Cambridge, Massachusetts City Hall, May 16, 2004 as Cambridge becomes the first city in the state of Massachusetts to register couples for marriage licenses at midnight. Massachusetts is the first state in the United States to legally sanction same-sex marriage based on a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court requiring the state to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. PP05060271 REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

(Ben Phelps of Topeka, Kansas demonstrates against same-sex marriage with his church group outside Cambridge, Massachusetts City Hall, May 16, 2004 as Cambridge becomes the first city in the state of Massachusetts to register couples for marriage licenses.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

South Carolina shooting victims united by devotion to their church

By Reuters Staff
June 19, 2015
(A capacity crowd fills the pews during a prayer service for Wednesday's shooting victims held at the Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. A white man suspected of killing nine people in a Bible-study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina was arrested on Thursday and U.S. officials are investigating the attack as a hate crime. REUTERS/Randall Hill)

(A capacity crowd fills the pews during a prayer service for Wednesday’s shooting victims held at the Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill)

Arson attack guts part of Israel’s Church of Loaves and Fishes

June 19, 2015
(A nun looks at damage caused by a fire in the Church of Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel June 18, 2015. Fire gutted part of the Church on Thursday and investigators suspected arson as a possible cause, a police spokesman said. The church, which Christians believe is where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, lies on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and is a traditional site of pilgrimage in the Holy Land. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(A nun looks at damage caused by a fire in the Church of Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Afghan clerics protest nomination of first woman to Supreme Court

By Reuters Staff
June 19, 2015
(Afghans chat outside the Supreme Court building in Kabul April 12, 2005. An Afghan court has sentenced two deputy ministers and six officials in their ministry to prison on corruption charges in the first major case against graft in years. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

(Afghans chat outside the Supreme Court building in Kabul April 12, 2005. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

Pope Francis offers a coherent challenge to amoral economics

By Reuters Staff
June 19, 2015
(ournalists attend a news conference for the presentation of Pope Francis' new encyclical titled "Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home", at the Vatican June 18, 2015. Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor", plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change. In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, he calls for "decisive action, here and now," to stop environmental degradation and global warming, squarely backing scientists who say it is mostly man-made. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(ournalists attend a news conference for the presentation of Pope Francis’ new encyclical titled “Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home”, at the Vatican June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope’s climate change stand gets uneasy reception in Catholic heartland of Poland

By Reuters Staff
June 19, 2015
(Pilgrims celebrate the canonisation of Pope John Paul II near the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow April 27, 2014. Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims celebrating two 20th century giants of the Roman Catholic Church. REUTERS/Filip Klimaszewski)

(Pilgrims celebrate the canonisation of Pope John Paul II near the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Filip Klimaszewski)

Pope Francis demands action now to save planet from environmental ruin

June 19, 2015
(Pope Francis' new encyclical titled "Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home", is displayed during the presentation news conference at the Vatican June 18, 2015. Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor", plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change. In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, he calls for "decisive action, here and now," to stop environmental degradation and global warming, squarely backing scientists who say it is mostly man-made. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis’ new encyclical titled “Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home”, is displayed during the presentation news conference at the Vatican June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis criticizes nations that close doors to migrants

June 18, 2015
(French gendarmes stand on the Saint Ludovic bridge as a group of migrants gather at the seawall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing on the Mediterranean Sea between Vintimille, Italy and Menton, France, June 13, 2015. Some 200 migrants, principally from Eritrea and Sudan, attempted to cross the border from Italy and were blocked by Italian police and French gendarmes. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet)

(French gendarmes stand on the Saint Ludovic bridge as a group of migrants gather at the seawall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing on the Mediterranean Sea between Vintimille, Italy and Menton, France, June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet)

Saddam’s former army is secret of success for Baghdadi’s Islamic State

June 18, 2015
(A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)

(Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in  his first public appearance at a mosque in tIraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from the video.  REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)

from The Great Debate:

Why Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion souls, cares about saving the material world

By Keith Douglass Warner
June 18, 2015

Pope Francis speaks with young people in a youth centre dedicated to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Sarajevo

Pope Francis speaks with young people in a youth center dedicated to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Sarajevo, June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic