An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights a candle inside a bunker for Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, at the India-Bangladesh border on the outskirts of Agartala, India, on Oct. 26. For Diwali, Hindus light lamps to signify the victory of good over evil. New clothes are worn; gifts, traditionally of sweets, are given; and prayers are offered to goddess the Lakshmi. Jayanta Dey/Reuters
Hindu devotees pray and make offerings of food to Hindu dieties during the festival of Diwali at Shivm Kovi temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Oct. 26. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
A Hindu boy prays during Diwali at Shivm Kovi temple on Oct. 26. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
A Hindu priest makes a blessing at Shivm Kovi temple on Oct. 26. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
People light lamps on the eve of Diwali in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on Oct. 25. Earthen lamps were lit during a public ceremony for world peace, organizers said. Ajay Verma/Reuters
Indian women buy floral decorations and prayer material to celebrate Diwali at a shop in New Delhi on Oct. 26. Mustafa Quraishi/AP
A Nepalese Hindu devotee performs rituals during the Tihar festival, or the festival of lights also known as Diwali, in Katmandu, Nepal, on Oct. 26. The second day of the five-day long festival is dedicated to the worship of cows, considered an incarnation of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. Niranjan Shrestha/AP
An Indian woman buys decorations ahead of the Hindu festival Diwali in Mumbai, India, on Oct. 25. Rafiq Maqbool/AP
Indian Hindu girls give finishing touches to a rangoli, or decorated pattern on the floor, on the festival of Diwali, also the eve of Gujrati New Year, in Ahmedabad, India, on Oct. 26. Gujarati New Year begins Oct. 27. Ajit Solanki/AP
An artist creates a rangoli of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs during a rangoli competition to mark the Diwali festival in Mumbai on Oct. 25. Rajanish Kakade/AP
An Indian shopkeeper arranges traditional sweets on display at a roadside stall on in Allahabad, India, on Oct. 26. Thousands of tons of sugary treats known as 'mithai' are prepared every year on Diwali. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Indian street vendors sell artificial garlands ahead of Diwali in Allahabad on Oct. 24. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
An Indian woman carries idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh and the goddess of wealth Lakshmi for sale ahead of Diwali in Allahabad on Oct. 24. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Catholic bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that had encouraged welcoming them with respect and delicacy. Paragraphs concerning divorce and remarriage also failed to pass.
Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.