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  • Muslim leader in India under fire from activists for supporting female genital mutilation (FGM)

    04/29/2016 4:31:59 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 7 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/29/16
    MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The leader of the only South Asian Muslim community known to practice female genital mutilation (FGM) came under criticism on Friday by campaigners who accused him of urging followers to continue the centuries-old custom. Little is known about FGM in India, where it is carried out in great secrecy by the close-knit Dawoodi Bohra community, a Shi'ite Muslim sect thought to number over 1 million that considers the practice to be a religious obligation. An audio clip of Syedna Muffadal Saifuddin's speech at a mosque in Mumbai, has been authenticated by several members of the...
  • Suspects arrested in alleged ISIS plot to attack Vatican

    04/29/2016 3:19:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 29, 2016 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Italian police officers patrol St Peter's Square (AP) Authorities monitored conversations between the suspects via WhatsAppItalian authorities have arrested six suspects who allegedly received orders from ISIS to attack the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome.The arrests made in Lombardy and Piedmont were the result of a joint operation coordinated by the district attorney of Milan and the Italian anti-terrorism agency.According to the Italian news agency ANSA, authorities arrested Abderrahim Moutaharrik and his wife, Salma Bencharki; Abderrahmane Khachia, and three people who have maintained contact with a couple that left Italy to join ISIS in Syria. All of the suspects...
  • Archbishop of Cologne Slams Germany's Anti-Islam Party: 'Mosques are Equal to Churches'

    04/28/2016 5:16:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/27/16 | Harry Farley
    The Catholic Archbishop of Cologne has slammed Germany's anti-Islam party, Alternative for Deutchsland (AfD). Rainer Woelki posted a video where he ridiculed the right-wing party's claim that Islam is incompatible with the German constitution. The archbishop's intervention comes after the anti-immigration party said it would press for bans on minarets and burqas. "Anyone who denigrates Muslims as the AfD leadership does should realise prayer rooms and mosques are equally protected by our constitution as our churches and chapels," he said. "Whoever says 'yes' to church towers must also say 'yes' to minarets." The AfD has grown in prominence putting pressure...
  • Realism and Islam

    04/21/2016 11:39:23 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 04-17-2016 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    Our leaders cannot comprehend what is going on, either when a whole Western civilization loses its faith and moral standards or when Islam reawakens to the implications of its own faith and its vision of world conquest. James V. Schall, S.J. Egyptian Christians held captive by Islamic State militants are marched by armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli, Libya, in this still image from an undated video made available on social media Feb. 15,2015. (CNS photo/Reuters) I. Political realism, long associated with Augustine, constrains us to consider what Machiavelli later recommended to usnamely, to look at...
  • Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Believe in the Same God?

    04/19/2016 8:52:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2016 | Dennis Prager
    Most Americans say they believe in God. And around the world, religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims all say they believe in God, as do many people who do not identify with any formal religion. But this statement is actually meaningless. To cite but one example, the God in whose name Muslims cut innocent peoples throats and rape women cannot be the same God as the God of those who believe that God hates such actions. Who, then, argues that all those who say they believe in God believe in the same God? Two groups make this argument. The first consists...
  • Russian Aerospace Defence Forces Help Liberate Christian Town in Syria

    04/12/2016 7:20:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/11/16
    Al Qaryatayn (Syria), April 11, Interfax - The Russian Defense Ministry reports it has realized a unique operation on liberating Syrian town Al Qaryatayn populated by Christians from terrorist band Islamic State (banned in Russia). "From April 1 to April 3, Syrian governmental troops supported by the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces carried out a unique operation on liberating Al Qaryatayn from ISIL militants," the Russian Defense Ministry official major general Igor Konashenkov said. He told that at the first stage divisions of the Syrian Army blocked all the roads leading to the town, then the attack started. The operation is...
  • The Christian Militia Fighting IS

    04/12/2016 7:16:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/11/16 | Owen Bennett-Jones
    A group of Christians in Iraq have formed their own militia to protect people from the so-called Islamic State group. The leader of the Babylon Brigade says they were left with no choice but to take up arms when IS fighters targeted Christians. There's a striking picture on the wall. It shows an untarmacked road, scorched by sunlight, leading to a small village with a mountain range behind it. And all along the side of the road there are crosses every 100m - taller even than lamp posts. "Christian village," a guard mumbles. "Near Mosul." We are in the Baghdad...
  • King Abdullah II of Jordan Funds Holy Sepulchre Restoration Work

    04/11/2016 5:56:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/11/16 | Giorgio Bernadelli
    The Muslim sovereign has sent a donation to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem as a contribution towards the costs. This is another of the Jordanian royal family's expressions of support to Christians. It is also a political move that aims to underline Amman's prerogatives over Jerusalem"His Majesty King Abdullah II has issued a Royal Benefaction (makruma) to provide for the restoration of Jesus' Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, at His Majesty's personal expense." The news was announced by Jordanian press agency Petra, which says that the Hashemite Court sent an official letter to the...
  • Russian Deputies Become the First Pilgrims in Syria's Maaloula

    04/11/2016 8:38:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/11/16
    Maaloula, April 11, Interfax - Russian parliamentarians visited the Syrian city of Maaloula. "This is the first time we can come to this city as pilgrims," Federation Council member Dmitry Sablin told Interfax on Monday. He is a member of the Russian parliamentary delegation, which also consists of State Duma deputies Alexander Yushchenko and Sergey Gavrilov. The parliamentarians visited the Thekla Monastery, which had been damaged and desecrated by the terrorists. "It is hard to describe what we have seen here. The holy places are destroyed, and the churches are burned by fires. A fire was deliberately started at the...
  • Reforming Islam?

    04/10/2016 3:20:22 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 23 replies
    self | April 10, 2016 | Capt. Tom
    When Muslims are involved in recommending a reformation they come across to me as heretics and apostates that can't abide by the religion they were born into. Instead of leaving Islam they want to change it to make it more palatable to modern thinking and take out the murderous parts of Islam, and to tone it down to where, as Rodney King would say , where we could all get along regardless of our religious beliefs or non-beliefs. Having read a lot about the fundamentals of Islam I am of the conclusion it can't be reformed to make it less...
  • Italian bishop tells priests not to let Muslims pray in churches

    04/07/2016 11:02:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    RNS ^ | March 21, 2016 | Josephine McKenna
    An Italian bishop has clashed with a pair of priests who want to invite Muslims to pray inside their churches in a bid to promote tolerance in a diocese in Tuscany. The deserved, necessary and respectful welcome of people who practice other faiths and religions does not mean offering them space for prayers inside churches designed for liturgy and the gathering of Christian communities, Bishop Fausto Tardelli of Pistoia said in a statement reported on Saturday (March 19). They can very well find other spaces and places, Tardelli said. The bishop was responding to pledges by two local priests, the...
  • Faced With ISIS, These Italian Students Would Convert to Islam

    04/05/2016 6:34:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 4/5/16 | Baron Bodissey
    The following piece is a discussion from a Christian perspective of the spiritual vacuum that is being filled by Islam as the muhajirun begin their conquest of Europe. Many thanks to JLH for translating this article from the German-language site Katholisches.info: 90% Would Convert to Islam, if the Islamic State Came A Generation With No IdealsApril 1, 2016[Photo captions: And if the Islamic State is at the gate? 90% would convert to Islam The martyrs of Otranto, murdered by the Turks in 1480. The Coptic martyrs murdered by the Islamic State in February 2015. ]ROM: 90% would not hesitate...
  • Bones of Saint 'Found in Ruins of Monastery Destroyed by ISIS'

    04/05/2016 5:52:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    St Elian monastery, in the recaptured town of Qaryatain, was bulldozed by the terrorist group last summerThe bones of a saint have reportedly been discovered among the ruins of a monastery in the Syrian town of Qaryatain, which was recaptured from ISIS on Sunday. Photographs taken of the ruins of the Mar Elian (St Julian) monastery appear to show a destroyed sarcophagus containing a skull and bones. The photographs, taken by Channel 4 News reporter Lindsey Hilsum, show bones laying on the ground amid rubble. The remains are thought to be those of St Julian, who was martyred in 284...
  • Can There Have Been Two Annunciations?

    04/03/2016 11:21:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | April 2, 2016 | Ralph Sidway
    In addition to being Good Friday for Western Christians, last Friday was March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, recounted in the Gospel according to Luke (1:24-38). This event is pivotal, marking the beginning of the Incarnation and Gods plan of salvation. From Lukes Gospel: Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgins name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said...
  • 6 Startling Contrasts Between the Bible and the Quran: They are not telling the same story

    04/02/2016 12:18:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/02/2016 | Jeff Sanders
    I recently wrote about some of the "Startling Similarities (and Contrasts) Between the Bible and the Quran." Here are six more important differences between the holy books of the world's two largest religions: 1. Conversion Stories As I have been reading the Bible for the past 40 years, I've noticed that its message first and foremost is the story of God extending grace to rescue fallen mankind. There are many stories of ordinary people and "great" prophets, all struggling in their faith. There are also several conversion stories. For example, in the Old Testament, Manasseh is a diabolically murderous...
  • Descendant of Muhammad: Jesus Brought Me Back to Life After Being Stabbed Nearly to Death

    03/31/2016 8:26:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/31/2016 | Samuel Smith
    A Pakistani descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad who was nearly stabbed to death by radical Muslims and brought back to life by the power of Jesus Christ, has released a new book detailing the life-threatening extremism he escaped and his life on the run. Ali Sayed Husnain Shah, who comes from a prominent Shia Muslim family with direct genealogical connection to Muhammad, details in new book, The Cost: My Life On a Terrorist Hit List, how he went from being a member of one of the most prestigious Islamic families in Lahore to an infidel being forced to move...
  • Vatican Newspaper Warns Against 1-Sided Portrayal of Islam

    03/28/2016 5:41:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    L'Osservatore Romano published a column on the front page of its Holy Saturday edition cautioning against one-sided media portrayals of Islam. In the column, Zouhir Louassini, a Muslim journalist who works for Italy's state-owned 24-hour news channel, argued that Western media fail to cover diverse views of Islam that "fill the Arab public square." Louassini cites a Moroccan professor's statement that the Qur'anic phrase "people of the book" really means "family of the book," with the implication that Judaism and Christianity are worthy of the same respect as Islam.
  • Muslim Offers $10,000 to Anyone Who Can Show That Quran Promotes Terrorism

    03/28/2016 4:37:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/28/2016 | Robert Spencer
    Dear Omar Alnatour: Thank you so very much for offering anyone $10,000 if they can find me a verse in the Quran that says its ok to kill innocent people or to commit acts of terror. My 1999 Toyota is on its last legs, and your generous gift will enable me to replace it with a modest but fully operational used midsize sedan. Or maybe (since it has been years since Ive had a break), if I can keep the jalopy going for awhile, I will use your ten grand take a vacation to Paris and Brussels -- before its...
  • Erdogan to Open First US Double-Minaret Mosque

    03/27/2016 11:30:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Yeni Safak ^ | 3/25/16
    A Turkish-Islamic Center in Maryland, which features a double-minaret mosque, will be opened in the US during Turkish President Erdogan's official visitThe $100 million mega-mosque in Maryland, US will soon be open in the Washington, DC area, as Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan is expected to open the mosque during his official visit to the US between March 29 and April 2. America's largest mosque complex, officially known as the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center, was built with Turkish funding under the supervision of the Turkish religious foundation (Diyanet). Almost all $100 million for the mosque was funded by the Religious...
  • Report Finds 'Slow-Motion Genocide' in West Papua

    03/26/2016 10:19:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia, has charged that "slow-motion genocide" is taking place in West Papua, an historically Christian province of Indonesia. "The Indonesians want to replace the Christian religion with Islam," said Sister Susan Connelly, the author of the commissions report. "There is clear evidence of ongoing violence, intimidation, and harassment by the Indonesian security forces," added the commissions executive officer, Peter Arndt.
  • Catholicism in Somalia: The Brave Few

    03/24/2016 10:32:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/20/16 | Roy Cavanaugh
    The east African country, which borders Ethiopia and Kenya, has an overall population of about eleven million, of which 99.8% are Muslim.When built in 1928, the Catholic cathedral in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital city, was the largest on the African continent. But more recent decades have not been kind to Somali Catholicism. In fact, the nation's last Catholic bishop, Salvatore Colombo, was assassinated in 1989 while holding Mass inside the Mogadishu Cathedral, which since has been destroyed. Though the country's President at the time, Siad Barre, offered a reward for the capture of Colombo's assassin(s), many suspected that Barre was behind...
  • Fears Grow for Priest 'Kidnapped by ISIS' Who May Be Crucified on Good Friday

    03/24/2016 10:26:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | 3/23/16 | Ruth Halkon
    Father Tom Uzhunnalil was seized when four armed militants stormed an old people's home in Aden in Yemen on March 4, killing 16Fears are growing for a priest believed to have been kidnapped by ISIS as sickening reports suggest he may be crucified on Good Friday. Father Tom Uzhunnalil was seized when four armed militants stormed an old people's home in Aden in Yemen on March 4. The gunmen killed 16 people, including four nuns in the brutal attack. No group has come forward to claim responsibility for the kidnap of the priest, who was a member of the Silesian...
  • Syrian Archbishop on Massacres in Brussels: Unfortunately, Europe is Reaping What Has Been Sown in..

    03/23/2016 2:09:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 3/23/16
    Hassake (Agenzia Fides) - In the massacres in Brussels, after those in Paris, "unfortunately innocent people reap what European powers have sown in Syria and Iraq in the last few years". This is the bitter reflection regarding the tragic events of the Belgian capital that the Syrian Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo delivered to Agenzia Fides. According to Mgr. Hindo, who heads the Syrian Catholic Archeparchy of Hassake-Nisibis, the serious responsibility of European and Western leadership, often influenced by short-sighted selfish interests, are manifested with evidence in several points. "Although several European leaders" remarked the Syrian Catholic Archbishop "until recently...
  • Christian Convert Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

    03/23/2016 1:55:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/22/16 | AFP
    Unidentified attackers hacked a Christian convert to death in northern Bangladesh Tuesday, amid growing attacks on religious minorities by suspected Islamist militants in the Muslim-majority country. Police said at least two attackers stopped Hossain Ali while the 68-year-old was taking his regular morning walk in the town of Kurigram and then lunged at his neck with sharp weapons. "He died on the spot. The attackers exploded a molotov cocktail to create panic and left the scene on a motorcycle," Kurigram district police chief Tobarak Ullah told AFP. Ullah said Ali had converted to Christianity from Islam in 1999 but he...
  • The Muddled Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

    03/21/2016 8:44:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 21, 2016 | Robert Reilley
    In 2013, the Faith and Reason Institute (parent institution of The Catholic Thing), along with the Westminster Institute, published a monograph that I wrote on The Prospects and Perils of Catholic-Muslim Dialogue. In it, I examined a decade and a half of efforts by the three regional bishops conferences to engage in such dialogue. The results were not encouraging. Undeterred, undismayed, and unaware, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has upped the ante by establishing a national Catholic-Muslim dialogue. What can we expect from this? Im sorry to predict: further confusion. The problems are several: like most Americans, the bishops...
  • Islamabad: Easter Will Be a Holiday for Christians; Holi and Diwali for Hindus

    03/21/2016 1:23:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 3/18/16 | Shafique Khokhar
    The resolution was presented by a Hindu deputy. Activists working on behalf of minorities appreciate the decision. Others point out some shortcomings: the holidays will be reserved only for religious minorities and not to the entire population. Focus needed on concrete respect for minority rights.Islamabad (AsiaNews) - The Pakistani National Assembly has passed a resolution that grants holiday time for Christians to celebrate Easter and Hindus and their Holi and Diwali celebrations. The resolution is the work of Vankwani Ramesh Kumar, an Assembly member of the Hindu faith. While some minority rights activists appreciate the initiative, others point out that...
  • Full Transcript: Surviving Missionary of Charity Tells the Story of the ISIS Killings

    03/20/2016 12:35:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/16/16 | Staff Reporter
    Two weeks ago, four Missionaries of Charity in Yemen were among the victims of a brutal terrorist attack on a care home where the nuns were working. In this week's Catholic Herald, Gerard Russell examines the background to the murders.One of the MCs, Sister Sally, survived, and gave an account of the events to another nun, Sister Rio. Her account was recorded by Sister Adriana, whose note is available here. A full transcript is published below.SISTER RIOS WORDS TO SISTER ADRIANA, MC: Friday, midday, March 4, 2016 Sisters had Mass, breakfast as usual. As usual, Father stays back in chapel...
  • Ethiopia's Christian King Protected Early Muslims: Azhar's Grand Imam to Bundestag

    03/17/2016 6:36:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, spoke before Germany's Parliament on Tuesday, addressing topics of interfaith dialogue and combating terrorism The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, told the German Parliament on Tuesday that Christianity was the first to provide sanctuary to Islam, saying that without it the religion would have been eradicated at its inception. "Christianity was the first to provide sanctuary for Islam; without Abyssinia [modern day Ethiopia] and its Christian king who protected [the first Muslims], Islam would have been destroyed in its cradle ," he told the Bundestag. The sheikh...
  • Italian Archbishop Calling for Construction of Mosque

    03/14/2016 6:22:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 3/11/16 | Julianna Freitag
    The archbishop of Bologna, Italy is calling for the construction of a mosque in the city. At a conference last week organized by the local Muslim community, Abp. Matteo Maria Zuppi, recently appointed to head the archdiocese, seized the opportunity to express his sympathy towards the Muslim community by calling for a mosque to be built in Bologna. He also asked for the accommodation of Muslim festivities in Italian schools. Quoting Cdl. Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan - a cleric with similar sympathies - Zuppi said, "I really think it's time for a mosque in Bologna. Some people think otherwise...
  • Burning of Christian Books in Mosul

    03/14/2016 5:01:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 3/14/16
    Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The jihadists of the Islamic State (Daesh) have released via the internet a short video documenting the burning of Christian books in the area of Mosul. The images show a militant jihadist who throws in flames books and dossiers that have crucifixes on the cover. The video, launched under the title "The Diwan (office) for Education destroys books regarding Christian Education in Mosul", was released on the net at the end of last week through the application Android jihadist Amaq News, with the intent to promptly disseminate all the news that concerns operations and terrorist attacks...
  • Cordoba Rejects Catholic Church's Claim to Own Mosque-Cathedral

    03/13/2016 2:04:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3/13/16 | Stephen Burgen
    Building does not belong to any individual or organisation, according to council report on long-running row Local authorities in Cordoba have dealt a blow to the Catholic church's claim of legal ownership of the Spanish city's mosque-cathedral, declaring that "religious consecration is not the way to acquire property". The report, written by the city council's secretary general, Valeriano Lavela, marks a significant intervention in long-running row over the building, which lies on the site of a Visigothic Christian church built in the early 9th century and was given to the local bishop by Fernando III in 1236 when the city...
  • Advocates ask State Department to call ISIS crimes against Christians genocide

    03/11/2016 4:27:16 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 10, 2016 | Catherine Harmon
    An Iraqi Christian woman fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul sits inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaldean Church in Telkaif, Iraq, in July 2014. (CNS photo/Reuters) “If this is not genocide, then truly this word has no moral or legal meaning.” That’s according to a Chaldean Catholic priest from Iraq, speaking at a press event today accompanying the release of a new report documenting ISIS atrocities against Christians. The 278-page report is the work of the group In Defense of Christians and the Knights of Columbus, in an effort to convince the US State Department to...
  • At Catholic University [Georgetown], Muslim Elected Student Association President

    03/10/2016 2:27:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 3/8/16 | Jennifer Kabbany
    Students at Georgetown University, a private Catholic university in Washington D.C., have elected a Muslim student to serve as their student association president, a first for the school. "Newly elected Georgetown University Student Association President Enushe Khan will be the first Muslim student to serve as president when she begins her term later this year," The Hoya campus newspaper reports. "Khan's Muslim identity has informed her role in campus activism from her first year at Georgetown. As a freshman, Khan ran for and won a seat on the [Georgetown University Student Association] senate after noticing the lack of halal foods...
  • Chaldean Patriarch: No "Christian Militia" to Free Land Occupied by Jihadists

    03/08/2016 2:33:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - "To think that our victory can depend on the formation of isolated armed factions to fight to defend our rights could lead to another 'holocaust'," as it happened in the past when Christian militia "fought the wars of others". Whereas the path to take is to "learn a lesson from history", and possibly support regular armed forces. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I distances himself absolutely and definitively from groups within Syrian, Assyrian, Chaldean Christian communities asserting the necessity to defend each their own community rights and fight jihadist militia by forming armed groups on a confessional...
  • Mass Brawl Between Christians, Muslims Happens in [Republic of] Georgia

    03/03/2016 9:39:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Tbilisi, March 1, Interfax - Ethnic Georgian followers of Islam and Christianity engaged in a mass brawl in the district center of Adigeni in southern Georgia, the Georgian media said on Tuesday. Several people were hurt. Representatives of the State Agency for Religious Affairs would visit Adigeni on Tuesday for a meeting with local residents. Several dozen families were resettled from Ajaria to Adigeni about 30 years ago, after their homes were destroyed in a mudslide. The resettlers, followers of Islam, settled down and had no problems with the locals. The problem occurred recently, after the Georgian State Agency for...
  • Islam: Through the heart and mind of a convert to Orthodox Christianity

    03/03/2016 7:18:56 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | Kevin Allen
    In this two-part interview originally appearing on Ancient Faith Radio, Kevin Allen of the "Ancient Faith Today" podcast interviewed "George" who became a Sunni Muslim at age fourteen and studied to become an Imam at a madrasa, studying the Quran, Arabic language, Islamic theology, hadith, and jurisprudence. He left Islam and became an Orthodox Christian twenty years later. Among other things, Kevin and his guest discuss Islamic theology, common misunderstandings of Christianity by Muslims, differences between "orthodox" Islam and the Nation of Islam, the true understanding and practice in Islam of slavery and jihad, and the extraordinary journey that...
  • Lavrov Draws United Nations' Attention to Statement of Kirill and Francis About Christian Exodus

    03/02/2016 3:07:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/1/16
    Geneva, March 1, Interfax - Moscow expects that the call to stop the mass exodus of Christians from the Middle Eastern countries, which was recently made by Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis on the international community, will receive a practical reaction in the activities of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. "I would like to draw attention in this regard to the joint statement recently signed in Havana by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis, in which they call on the international community to act immediately in order to...
  • Shahbaz Bhatti, Diocese Collects Testimony for 'Martyrdom'

    03/02/2016 3:01:58 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Islamabad (Agenzia Fides) - At this time of year when Pakistan's Catholics mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic, MP for Minority Groups assassinated in Islamabad on 2 March 2011, the local Church has begun collecting testimony in view of a diocesan enquiry which could lead the Church to declare Bhatti a martyr. Fides learned from Fr. John Williams, a member of the Islamabad diocesan Justice and Peace Commission: "In Islam anyone who dies for the faith is declared 'shahid', a martyr. For the Catholic Church the process is longer but a diocesan investigation regarding...
  • Local Veterans Hold Rally in Support of Muslims [Boston]

    03/01/2016 6:47:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2/27/16 | Laura Crimaldi
    Local antiwar military veterans gathered outside New England's largest mosque Saturday to show support for Muslims amid growing anti-Muslim sentiments that some believe have been stoked by the inflammatory tone of the presidential race. The rally at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury was organized by the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace and drew about 200 people. "When you listen to what's going on in presidential politics there is a lot of misinformation and some people are really misrepresenting what this religion is," said Bob Funke, a US Army veteran and coordinator for the...
  • Grand Imam of al-Azhar: What Will Heads of Churches in the US that Accept Gay Marriage Say to Jesus?

    02/26/2016 6:16:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 2/24/16
    Jakarta (Agenzia Fides) - The West is spreading homosexuality, and "unfortunately some Heads of Churches in the United States accept same-sex marriages. I wonder what is left of the Bible in those Churches. And what will they say in front of Jesus, peace be upon him". With these words, Egyptian sheikh Amhed al Tayyeb, grand imam of a Sunni Islamic university Al Azhar, wanted to externalize his thinking about the choices of some American Christian groups - like the Presbyterian Church USA - that have recently changed their internal statutes in order to recognize marriages between persons of the same...
  • Muslims Inaugurate Second Mosque at North Pole

    An Islamic community near the North Pole has inaugurated a new mosque in Iqaluit, in the region of Nunavut, Canada, becoming the second mosque built at the North Pole after a Saudi journalist arranged for the construction of a mosque in the Canadian town of Inuvik in 2010. The new mosque, inaugurated on Friday, will reportedly serve as a place of prayer and a community center in Iqaluit, where about 100 Muslims reside, as well as offering a place to learn about Islam. There are also plans to operate a food bank at the site. When the idea of the...
  • Saba Ahmed: Urging US Muslims to vote Republican

    02/25/2016 2:17:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | February 24, 2016 | Ali Younes
    The Republican Muslim Coalition president explains why she thinks Islamic and Republican party values are aligned.Comments by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposing a ban on Muslims entering the US and by fellow candidate Ben Carson saying a Muslim should not be elected US president have been decried by many as racist and Islamophobic. But Saba Ahmed, an attorney and the president and founder of the Republican Muslim Coalition, says that while she found them "hurtful", they would not stop her from urging other American Muslims to vote for the Republican party, and even for Trump. Ahmed, who lives in...
  • Pope Francis Wants More Dialogue With Islam. Is Egypt the Key?

    02/25/2016 4:36:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/25/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Feb 25, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, dialogue with Islam is a core issue. He recently voiced hopes to meet a major Sunni leader: the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb. "I want to meet him. I know that he would like it," the Pope said during his Feb. 18 in-flight press conference. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, is reaching out to al-Azhar Mosque. "We are looking for the way, always through Cardinal Tauran because it is the path, but we will achieve it," Pope Francis said...
  • Grand Imam of al-Azhar denounces Episcopal Church bishops for being un-Christian

    02/24/2016 4:31:00 PM PST · by don-o · 23 replies
    Anglican.Ink ^ | 2/24/16 | George Conger
    The Grand Imam of the al-Azhar in Cairo has denounced the bishops of the Episcopal Church of the USA for endorsing gay marriage saying the innovation was contrary to the clear words of Scripture. Speaking at the University of Syarif Hidayatullah in Indonesia this week Sheikh Amhed el-Tayeb asked American Christians whether their actions were faithful to Christ. Sheikh el-Tayeb, held to be the highest Sunni religious leader and Islamic jurist in the Muslim world, also denounced US government policy of pressuring less developed nations to adopt its views on homosexuality in return for foreign aid. He further stated liberal...
  • Bishop [McElroy] Challenges Catholics to Combat 'Ugly Tide of Anti-Islamic Bigotry'

    02/24/2016 7:52:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 2/22/16 | Denis Grasska
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) -- San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy is challenging U.S. Catholics to take an active role in combating "the scourge of anti-Islamic prejudice." "We are witnessing in the United States a new nativism, which the American Catholic community must reject and label for the religious bigotry which it is," he said in a keynote address delivered Feb. 17 in the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. The evening event took place against the backdrop of the first national Catholic-Muslim dialogue, which was held Feb. 17-18 at the Catholic university. Last May,...
  • Young Syrian Who Survived the Islamic State Bears on His Body His Tormentors' Pain

    02/22/2016 6:25:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/18/16 | Nour Braidy
    Khalifa el-Khoder remembers the torture his tormentors inflicted upon him, including "ballanco". After an extorted confession, he was sentenced to death. Set on escaping, he succeeded thanks to a total stranger who drove him to Aleppo. A freelance journalist now, he dreams of studying at the Sorbonne. But he cannot forget the terrifying violence he endured.Today we publish the second part of Khalifa el-Khoder's story. The 21-year-old Syrian delves into his seven-month captivity in the hands of the Islamic State. His descent into hell began when he drew a picture of the Virgin Mary on a wall in Aleppo, as...
  • In and Around Brussels, the Practice of Islam is Outstripping Christianity

    02/20/2016 3:26:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | 2/18/16 | Erasmus
    Like so many other pieces in the European mosaic, Belgium has an idiosyncratic relationship with faith. It is both historically devout and heavily secular in its present-day practices. Its ancient cities are cradles of Christian art and learning, and Catholicism is in many ways the country's raison d'etre. When it was created in 1830, the kingdom offered a political home to Catholic Dutch-speakers who preferred to unite with French-speaking co-religionists than with Protestants with whom they had a common tongue. Faith had trumped language. But as Christianity's role has waned, so too has Belgium's ability to hold together the two...
  • Palestinians Renovate Church at Jesus' Birthplace

    02/18/2016 6:46:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 2/16/16 | Daniela Beretta
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - After two years of painstaking work, experts have completed the initial phase of a delicate restoration project at the Church of the Nativity, giving a much-needed face-lift to one of Christianity's holiest sites. The project, partially funded by the Palestinians and conducted by a team of Palestinian and international experts, is the biggest restoration at the iconic church in some 600 years. The removal of centuries of dust has left Crusader-era mosaics sparkling in sunlight filtering through brand new windows. Structural repairs on the fragile rooftop and windows have been completed and art treasures have...
  • Was Muhammad a False Prophet?

    02/17/2016 2:16:31 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 17, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves (Mt. 7:15).Would "false prophets" include Muhammad? It's an impolitic question to ask in these politically correct times, but, thanks to political correctness these are also highly dangerous times. Since a good deal of the danger emanates from the religion Muhammad founded, it seems reasonable to ask if he was a false prophet. And if he was, does that mean that Islam is a false religion? And if it is, why are Catholic leaders so keen on declaring their solidarity with Islam?It's a case...
  • Egypt Church Marks 1st Anniversary of Beheading of 21 Christians

    02/16/2016 9:52:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    BosNewsLife ^ | 2/15/16 | Alexander McDonald and Stefan Bos
    Egypt's embattled Coptic community on Monday, February 15, marked the one year since video surfaced of the murder of 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians on a beach in Libya. The men were marched in orange suits across the beach, forced to kneel and then were beheaded by Islamic State group militants. The Christians, who went to Libya as construction workers to support their families, were seen saying their last prayers. As the blade came to their neck they all cried in unison "Ya Rabbi Yasou" or 'O My Lord Jesus', according to a video and Christian experts familiar with the situation....