Suicide bomb attacks on Iraqi school, Shi’ite pilgrims, kill 29

By Ziad al-Sinjary MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – A suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into the playground of a primary school in northern Iraq and blew himself up, killing 14 children and their headmaster on Sunday, police and medical sources said. Another suicide bomber attacked a group of Shi’ite pilgrims on their way to visit a shrine in Baghdad, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 30, some of them critically, police said. …

Orthodox Christians mark 1,700th anniversary of edict of tolerance

Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I holds a liturgy to mark 1,700 years since the Edict of Milan in NisBy Fedja Grulovic NIS, Serbia (Reuters) – Eight Orthodox Christian leaders, dignitaries from other faiths, politicians and thousands of others on Sunday celebrated the anniversary of the Edict of Milan, which established toleration for Christianity in the Roman Empire 1,700 years ago. Roman Catholic Pope Francis was not present at the liturgy in the Serbian city of Nis, his absence reflecting centuries-old divisions between the two main Christian denominations, despite moves by both towards reconciliation and dialogue. …