Trump: I’d close down some mosques, “I think that’s great”

This is what we have come to. From The Washington Post:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be willing to close some mosques within the United States in order to fight the Islamic State. In an interview on Fox Business, Stuart Varney asked Trump whether, if elected president, would take similar action as [Read More...]

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Meet the Imam who sat next to the pope

Last night, I attended the bi-annual joint Clergy Convocation for the Diocese of Brooklyn— bringing together priests, bishops and deacons for Evening Prayer, fellowship and (of course) a great meal. This year’s after-dinner talk included a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate. One of the presenters was a young Imam, Khalid Latif, [Read More...]

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Meet the Muslim who became a Catholic bishop—and later baptized his father

Who knew? A surprising interview from Diane Montagna in Aleteia, about Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of the Blantyre archdiocese in Malawi.  He is one of the Synod fathers and he has a remarkable story to tell: You were raised Muslim? At the age of 7, I left home and went to the parish because I wanted to [Read More...]

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Renovation of university chapel for Muslims prompts backlash

From The Wichita Eagle:  Muslims at Wichita State University wanted a better place to pray. In May, workers renovated the campus chapel and removed the tiny altar and pews. WSU administrators thought the change had resolved the problem by giving Muslim students a place to kneel on the floor and pray. Christian students could use [Read More...]

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In Germany: “Muslim refugees converting in droves”

Some stunning and hopeful news, courtesy The Anchoress:  Tertullian said “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.” I couldn’t help but remember that, and the Coptic Martyrs, as I read this report from the AP: At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves… Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy [Read More...]

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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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