Muslims observe Lent in show of solidarity with Christians

From The Independent: In a show of solidarity, Muslims are standing with Christians and giving up guilty pleasures for lent. For Christians, Lent is a period of self-restraint, marked by fasting, repentance, prayer and self-control. Luxury or rich foods, such as meat and dairy are often avoided by those taking part. Abstention from personal “bad habits” [Read More…]

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Court rules Catholic Church cannot use “Allah” in newspaper

View image | gettyimages.com From Bloomberg:  Malaysia’s top court dismissed a final bid by the Catholic church to use the word “Allah” in its newspaper, highlighting a debate on non-Muslims using the word in a climate of rising religious tensions. The Federal Court will not review the case because there was no procedural unfairness when [Read More…]

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Reversal: Citing “serious and credible” security threat, Duke cancels Muslim call to prayer

It made big news this week, and now it’s not going to happen: Duke University canceled plans Thursday to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel this week, an initiative that had set off debate on social media. A school spokesman and a Duke Muslim leader said that a serious and [Read More…]

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Vatican, French imams issue joint declaration condemning Paris attack

From AP:  Four leading French imams and the Vatican issued a joint declaration Thursday denouncing the Paris newspaper massacre and warning that the world is a dangerous place without freedom of expression, but urged the media to be respectful of religions. The Vatican’s office for interreligious dialogue said the four Muslim spiritual leaders, who were [Read More…]

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“Religious accommodation”: Duke University chapel to have Muslim call to prayer every Friday

Duke University Chapel via Wikipedia / Public Domain The university’s press release:  Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant a weekly call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower beginning Friday, Jan. 16. The chant, called the “adhan,” announces the start of the group’s jummah prayer service, which takes place in the chapel basement [Read More…]

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Letters reveal Winston Churchill’s family feared he would convert to Islam

Winston Churchill in 1904 (photo: Imperial War Museum / Wikipedia) From The Daily Telegraph:  In the public eye, Sir Winston Churchill’s long political career earned him a place among the greatest of Britons. But what may come as a surprise is that he was a strong admirer of Islam and the culture of the Orient [Read More…]

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Pope visits mosque, offers moment of “silent adoration”

Details:  Pope Francis has arrived in Istanbul for the second leg of his three-day visit to Turkey, in a richly-symbolic trip. Like his predecessor, he prayed at the Blue Mosque, which was his first stop, before visiting the Hagia Sophia. The Pope was welcomed by Turkish authorities and GreekOrthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Atatürk Airport at 10.29 a.m. [Read More…]

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Report: ISIS terrorist seen on video was once a “devout Catholic”

From The Independent:  The disturbing face of French “jihadism” has been revealed by a statistical survey and by the most recent, horrific video clip from Isis. The “face” is French or European, rather than Arab or North African. It belongs to a young man from a loving, non-religious family who has “self-converted” to extremist Islam [Read More…]

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Did you hear what the descendent of Muhammed said about Christianity the other day?

The leader of Jordan gave an interview to Vatican Radio:  “To lose Christianity from the birthplace of Christianity” in the Middle East “would be to lose the richness of the tapestry of this pluralist region:”  that’s according to Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal who granted an exclusive interview to Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure at [Read More…]

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Meet the Catholic priest risking his life to save Muslims

A remarkable and inspiring witness, from The Guardian: The test of faith for which Father Bernard Kinvi had waited half his life arrived one January dawn when a heavily armed man with a necklace of talismans pulled up on a motorbike outside the Roman Catholic mission hospital in Bossemptele. Despite being a member of the [Read More…]

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