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Pope Francis greets Buddhist monks at the Agrashravaka temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano/pool)

Pope Francis is only the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, hot-headed leader of the group Bodu Bala Sena, or 'Buddhist Power Force' (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Pope Francis faces a big challenge when he heads to Sri Lanka this month – dealing with the bitter hostility of the island’s extremist Buddhist monks

Pope Francis with Aung San Suu Kyi in the Vatican (CNS)

Pontiff assured Nobel Peace Prize winner of his prayers for the Catholic community in Burma

An Ahmadi man stands outside a burned down home in Lombok

Indonesia has long been celebrated for its pluralism, but there are signs that this may be about to change

A Republican dressed as a Loyalist terrorist takes part in a Belfast protest march (Photos: PA)

Christianity’s strong streak of pacifism is rooted in the words of Jesus

For atheists, death is the only point of life – that is Christianity’s great selling point

While we should, like Steve Jobs, live every day like it was our last, we should never allow our lives to be defined by this ‘one appalling fact’