Muslims raise over one hundred thousand dollars to rebuild black churches in the South

From Huffington Post, some news that should get wider circulation:  Three Muslim organizations have raised over $100,000 to rebuild black churches in the South. In the days following the shooting of nine people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, a string of church fires at black worship centers in the South raised alarm on social [Read More...]

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RIP Omar Sharif: Catholic who became a Muslim

Noting the movie star’s death, Variety reports: Omar Sharif, the dashing, Egyptian-born actor who was one of the biggest movie stars in the world in the 1960s, with memorable roles in “Dr. Zhivago,” “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Funny Girl,” has died. He was 83. Sharif suffered a heart attack on Friday afternoon in a hospital in Cairo, [Read More...]

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Mosque aids Catholic church that was vandalized

Details:  A mosque in Mississauga, Canada, has donated thousands of dollars to help a neighbor in need. A Catholic church in the area needed a clean-up after acts of vandalism on its premises. Following the incident, Hamid Slimi, imam of the Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga, visited St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church. The [Read More...]

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Why is a Catholic fasting during Ramadan?

Rudy Lopez explains:  As someone once told me; “Fasting without prayer is just going hungry.” How true! Many Muslims pray fives times a day, and especially during Ramadan. Prayer feeds the soul and helps sustain the meaning behind the fast. Several years ago, I was walking through the Minneapolis airport and saw a young airport [Read More...]

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French Muslim leader: turn empty Catholic churches into mosques

Details:  France’s top Muslim official has suggested turning empty or abandoned Catholic churches into mosques, saying as many as 5,000 are needed for the country’s Muslim population – the largest in Europe. “It’s a delicate issue, but why not?” Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of [Read More...]

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Abu Dhabi opens second Catholic church

You may remember this item from a few days back. Now, it’s official:   A second catholic church in Abu Dhabi was inaugurated on Thursday evening in the presence of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister for Culture, Youth and Community Development, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state and Bishop Paul Hinder, [Read More...]

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Hundreds gathered in Arizona to protest Muslims—and then this happened

That rally—in which armed protestors stood outside a mosque, wore profanity-adorned t-shirts about Islam, and screamed—resulted in this epiphany for a couple of the protestors: Jason Leger, a Phoenix resident wearing one of the profanity-laced shirts, accepted an invitation to join the evening prayer inside the mosque, and said the experience changed him. “It was something [Read More...]

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Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims preparing together for papal visit to Bosnia

View image | gettyimages.com From Reuters:  Preparing for the visit, Bosnians of all faiths are showing a rare unity in a country plagued by political and ethnic tensions nearly 20 years after the end of its 1992-95 war that claimed over 100,000 lives. While the pontiff’s June 6 visit is the most eagerly awaited by [Read More...]

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Muslims call on world to protect endangered treasures of Palmyra from ISIS

From my colleague Fr. Elias Mallon, over at the CNEWA blog One-to-One: Now that ISIS has gained control of Palmyra — and, some fear, could destroy many of the priceless artifacts in the ancient Syrian city — an important Muslim voice has been raised, calling on the world to protect and defend these treasures. Al [Read More...]

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Cardinal: Christians, Muslims “still don’t know each other well enough”

From CNS:  “Despite 50 years of ‘Nostra Aetate,’” the Second Vatican Council’s document on interreligious relations, “we still don’t know each other well enough,” said French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.Speaking May 19 about Catholic-Muslim relations, Cardinal Tauran added, “Most of the problems we face are problems of ignorance.” [Read More...]

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