Choosing life: Muslims and Jews plan joint fast to promote peace

Maybe we should join them. Details:  On Tuesday, July 15, Jews and Arabs will fast, together. From Texas to Tel Aviv, Kalansuwa to Kuwait, in synagogues and mosques, community centers and public spaces, they will gather to learn, pray and talk to each other as part of Choose Life, a movement looking for a way [Read More...]

Report: Meriam Ibrahim released after being “temporarily detained” over travel documents

Details: Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, the Christian woman sentenced to death and later freed after an international outcry, was briefly re-arrested while trying to leave the country for the US before being released again. Eman Abdul-Rahim, her lawyer, said Ms Ibrahim was held with her two children and husband at Khartoum airport. The BBC said Ms Ibrahim, [Read More...]

Reports: Sudanese Christian sentenced to death for her faith will be freed

Details:  Sudanese authorities are planning to free a woman who was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, the BBC reported. Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a baby girl earlier this week at the clinic at the Omdurman women’s prison near Khartoum, will be released in a few days, a senior official told the BBC. Ibrahim, 27, [Read More...]

Islamist extremists attack group praying rosary in Indonesia

Details:  A group of Islamic extremists in the area of Besi have brutally and violently attacked faithful of the parish of the Holy Family of Banteng , in the area north of Yogyakarta (island of Java). Church sources in Semarang confirm the attack took place at 9 last night when Catholics held their weekly meeting [Read More...]

Rocking on: Sister Cristina “Livin’ on a Prayer”

CNS has the scoop:  A religious sister singing a Bon Jovi mega-hit with a British boy band for backup? “Never say never,” Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia told her audience last night before she was swept into the semifinals by popular vote. Her coach, Italian rap-star J-Ax (who’s been choosing Sister Cristina’s repertoire since her Blind Audition debut) said [Read More...]

Pregnant Christian woman in Sudan refuses to deny her faith; judge sentences her to hang

Lord, have mercy:  A pregnant Sudanese doctor has been sentenced to death after refusing to recant her Christian faith. Meriam Ibrahim Ishag was born to a Muslim father but married a Christian man in 2011. The 26-year-old, who is eight months pregnant and has an 18-month-old son, was convicted of apostasy – or renouncing her faith [Read More...]

Pregnant Christian mother in Sudan sentenced to death for “apostasy”

Details from The Tablet: A pregnant Christian mother was sentenced to death for apostasy and 100 lashes for adultery by a court in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Sunday. The ecumenical religious freedom charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) described Meriam Yahia Ibrahim’s sentence by the Public Order Court in El Haj Yousif as “inhumane, unwarranted [Read More...]

NY Times: religious minorities still wait for a new day in Egypt

Notable coverage of an issue that demands our attention, via The New York Times: The architects of the military takeover in Egypt promised a new era of tolerance and pluralism when they deposed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last summer. Nine months later, though, not much has changed for Egypt’s freethinkers and religious [Read More...]

Remember the “Ground Zero Mosque”?

The building that housed it may soon be history. From The New York Daily News:  The lower Manhattan building that once housed the controversial “Ground Zero Mosque” will soon be reduced to rubble. An application was filed with the city Buildings Department on Monday to demolish the site at 51 Park Place in Tribeca, which [Read More...]

Syracuse board approves removing crosses from former Catholic church so it can become a mosque

Details:  A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque. More than 200 people had signed an online petition calling on the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board to [Read More...]