Why this Assisi meeting will be different

The interfaith prayer gathering happening next week will carry Pope Benedict’s own stamp, according to CNS, and welcome into dialogue in a special way nonbelievers and agnostics: The Oct. 27 event marks the 25th anniversary of the first such gathering. As in 1986, it is expected to draw representatives from many Christian denominations and more [Read More...]

Out of Egypt: a woman reporter speaks

This month, ONE has a revealing and unsettling look at what it’s like to be a Coptic woman in Egypt (hint: it ain’t easy.)   The reporter, Sarah Topol, sat down for a brief video interview, below, where she explains some of the challenges involved in being a woman journalist in that corner of the [Read More...]

A Muslim woman who plays soccer in Utah?!

How cool is that? Details: Serene Kergaye’s religion is important to her — so important that she wears a headscarf, long sleeves and long pants even when she’s on the soccer field at Cottonwood High School. Kergaye is Muslim, and the monochromatic clothes she wears under her uniform during games don’t bother her one bit. [Read More...]

Report: treatment of Muslims today similar to Catholics and Mormons of 19th century

A new study finds that many Americans remain uncomfortable with Islam and believe its teachings are at odds with American values — which, ironically, echoes in some ways how Americans felt about Catholics a century or so ago. Details from CNS: Slim majorities of the people polled this summer by the Public Religion Research Institute [Read More...]

Leaps of faith: Christians and Jews reaching out to Muslims after 9/11

It’s a phenomenon that cropped up shortly after the terror attacks, and the New York Times looks at how it has played out in some communities: When Betsy Wiggins opened her front door and saw the woman in a full black face veil coming up her flower-lined walkway, she wondered if she had done the [Read More...]

Defrocked Episcopal priest hopes to join Catholic Church

You almost never hear of Catholic priests being suspended for being too conservative — but that seems to happened with this Episcopalian from suburban Philadelphia. Details: A defrocked Episcopal priest must step down as rector of his Rosemont parish and vacate the premises after 21 years there, a Montgomery County Court judge has ruled. The [Read More...]

Happy Eid

As Ramadan ends, this video below is making the rounds, courtesy a group called My Fellow American: My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share [Read More...]

Vatican message to Muslims: "We are spiritually very close to you…"

The traditional message for the conclusion of Ramadan this year includes a plea for peace and an end to fanatacism. Excerpt: Christians and Muslims, beyond their differences, recognise the dignity of the human person endowed with both rights and duties. They think that intelligence and freedom are indeed gifts which must impel believers to recognize these values [Read More...]

Catholic teenager fasts for Ramadan

Surprised? Read all about it: For a month last year, Jordan Pahl, 16 at the time, awoke each day before sunrise. She dragged herself out of bed at 4 a.m., trudged down the stairs and grabbed an apple or yogurt out of the refrigerator. It was to be her last bit of sustenance before nightfall. [Read More...]

How to evangelize

Christian leaders including the Vatican, have agreed on guidelines. Details: The Vatican and other Christian representatives have issued a series of recommendations for evangelization in multifaith societies, rejecting aggressive or coercive methods but defending the right to profess, propagate or change one’s religion. The principles were outlined June 28 in a document titled, “Christian Witness [Read More...]