Arab News: “Pope Francis Should Declare Islam a Religion of Peace” – UPDATED

Pope Francis washes the feet of young inmates at Casal del Marmo, a juvenile detention center in Rome, on Holy Thursday

Remember that Holy Thursday liturgy, at which Pope Francis washed the feet of a young Muslim girl in a Roman detention facility?Well, that humble gesture seems to have gained the attention of Islamic adherents, who now hope that the pope will take another step forward by declaring that Islam is a peaceful religion.According to MENAFN-Arab News, the Middle East North Africa Financial Network, an envoy from Al-Azhar has expressed hope that ties between the Muslim world and the Vatican … [Read more...]

Tomatoes Are Christian?

The tomato, from the Salafis' Facebook page

     Eating tomatoes is forbidden because they are Christian.  The tomato praises the cross instead of Allah, and says that Allah is three (a reference to the Trinity).So says the Popular Egyptian Islamic Association, a literalist, radical Muslim group known as Salafists, on its Facebook page.  The group adds, “…spread this photo because there is a sister from Palestine who saw the prophet of Allah [Mohammad] in a vision and he was crying, warning his nation against eating t … [Read more...]

The Brindellone: Florence’s “Burst of Cart” Heralds the Easter Season

Brindellone - Florence

The eleventh century was a difficult time for Christians in Europe. Muslims had conquered the Levant—a far-reaching geographic region which encompasses modern-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories, and parts of Cyprus, Turkey and Iraq. The Holy Land, that part of the world where Jesus had walked and worked His miracles, was closed to Christians.Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Komnenos appealed to Pope Urban II, asking for western volunteers to help repel the invading S … [Read more...]