Priest cancels planned reading of Quran during mass

It made headlines and sparked a firestorm of controversy when the news broke last week.  Now, the event has been scrapped: A plan to allow for the reading of the Quran from the pulpit during a Mass at St. Peter Church in Charlotte June 26 has been canceled, with an interfaith dialogue planned for October [Read More...]

Christians, Muslims, Jews to share pulpits later this month

Details, from Catholic News Service: It will happen for just one Sunday in June, but on that day, dozens of houses of worship across the United States will open their pulpits to clergy from the other two Abrahamic faiths to read from their scriptures. The project, called Faith Shared, is set for June 26. A [Read More...]

Receiving ashes: it's not just a Catholic thing

And it seems a lot of Protestants are embracing the penitential practices of the season, too: Although receiving ashes on the forehead as a visible sign of penance has been a traditional Roman Catholic practice for centuries, many Protestant denominations have adopted the tradition, too. “Lutherans receive ashes at Ash Wednesday services,” said the Rev. [Read More...]

Prince Charles becomes first royal to visit Catholic church in Ireland

It didn’t get much attention, but this seems a noteworthy piece of news: History was made on Friday when Prince Charles became the first member of the Royal Family to enter a Catholic Church in Ireland. The Prince visited St Malachy’s Church in Belfast,  to see a 3.5 million pound restoration project which has just [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Christians protecting Muslims during prayer

In Egypt, below. Details here. [Read more...]

Report: Muslim population in U.S. to double in 20 years

That, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Details: There are about 2.6 million Muslim adults and children in the United States (0.8 percent of the U.S. population) in 2010. That figure is expected to rise to 6.2 million (1.7 percent) in 2030, predicted the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public [Read More...]

Muslim enrollment climbing at Catholic colleges

Seems the prayerful, disciplined culture agrees with them. Details, from the Washington Post: On a quick break between classes last week, Reef Al-Shabnan slipped into an empty room at Catholic University to start her daily prayers to Allah. In one corner was a life-size painting of Jesus carrying the cross. In another, the portrait of [Read More...]

Lutheran leader hopes for "Eucharistic hospitality" with Catholics

That would be unprecedented among Protestants and Catholics — and, to me, seems improbable. Details: The president of the Lutheran World Federation is calling on Lutherans and Catholics to issue a common statement on Holy Communion to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017. “Our intention is to arrive at 2017 with [Read More...]