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...]

Pope encourages Muslim-Christian group meeting “Together Around Mary, Our Lady”

From ZENIT:  The 8th Islamic-Christian Prayer Meeting was held Tuesday, feast of the Annunciation, in Beirut, Lebanon, and focused on the theme “Together around Mary, Our Lady.” The Solemnity of the Annunciation is marked by both Christians and Muslims and was declared a national holiday by the Lebanese government in 2010 The meeting was organized [Read More...]

Catholic Church pushing for right to use the word “Allah”

From The Wall Street Journal:  The Catholic Church is gearing up for an expected tough fight Wednesday at Malaysia’s highest court when it argues for the right to appeal a lower court decision banning it from using the word “Allah” in its newspaper. The lower court ruled the word is exclusive to Muslims, who make [Read More...]

Katy Perry video edited after Muslims charge blasphemy

Details from the BBC:  The video for Katy Perry’s track Dark Horse has been edited following claims from some Muslims it was blasphemous. More than 65,000 people signed a petition which stated the clip - featuring a pendant with the Arabic word for God on it being reduced to sand – was offensive. The music video has [Read More...]