Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Iraq

Details:  As Saint Francis travelled to the East where he met Sultan Malik al-Kamil, so we hope Pope Francis “may come to Iraq to confirm us our faith and give our small community in the land of Abraham courage and hope,” said His Beatitude Mar Louis Raphael I Sako during an audience with the pontiff [Read More...]

What do Muslims want in the next pope?

An interesting perspective, from Religion News Service:  Together, Islam and Catholicism represent about 40 percent of the world’s population, so the estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world have more than a passing interest in the new pope who will shepherd the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Too often, relations between the two groups have been [Read More...]

More in France converting to Islam

And the reasons are revealing.  Check this out, from the New York Times:  Every year about 150 Muslim conversion ceremonies are performed in the snow-white structure of the Sahaba mosque in Créteil, with its intricate mosaics and a stunning 81-foot minaret, built in 2008 and a symbol of Islam’s growing presence in France. Among those [Read More...]

Diocese cancels talk by critic of Islam

Details:  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester rescinded an invitation Wednesday to Robert Spencer, a Catholic whose work depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion, to speak at its annual Catholic Men’s Conference in March. The invitation was withdrawn after Muslims in Massachusetts expressed concerns to the diocese about the appearance of Spencer, scheduled to [Read More...]

Nun: Syrian rebels kidnapped, beheaded Christian

The grissly details:  Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. [Read More...]

Another Catholic church may become a mosque

Some weeks back, I posted on a California church being used by Muslims. Now, a church in France may also undergo a conversion: A church in the central French town of Vierzon may be converted to a mosque, as Muslims across Europe are converting empty churches to fit their faith – but some locals are [Read More...]

50 years after Vatican II, “radically changed relations” between Catholics and other religions

In the current issue of ONE magazine, I chat with Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt, about the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and, in particular, Catholic relations with Islam. A snip: ONE: One of the most significant documents the council produced remains “Nostra Aetate,” which addressed the Catholic Church’s relations with non-Christian religions. How [Read More...]

Is there room for Christians in the Middle East?

My colleague at CNEWA, Michael J.L. La Civita looked at that question in a speech this weekend: Is there a future for Christians — indeed for any minority — in this new Middle East? What role will religion play, especially Islam, in governing these peoples? And, is Islam compatible with the so-called democratic aspirations expressed [Read More...]

Freed Iranian pastor writes letter of thanks to those who prayed for him

The Christian Post has details: Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was released Sept. 8 after three years imprisonment, issued a letter shortly after his new-found freedom, thanking his supporters and God for helping him through his difficult journey. Nadarkhani begins his Sept. 8 “thank you” letter, made available by persecution watchdog Present Truth Ministries, by [Read More...]

California Catholic church becomes a mosque

From the Orange County Register: An Islamic mosque with plans to expand is now operating in a small former church that was previously occupied by a Maronite Catholic church. The sale prompted questions – even from church parishioners – about the future of the site. The Jafaria Islamic Society purchased the building at 1546 E. [Read More...]


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