Tag: mosque

Interfaith Network issues statement following Woolwich murder

Ekklesia, May 24 The Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK issued the following statement today (24 May): We learned with deep shock and great sadness of the murder of a young member of the armed…

Dalai Lama decries Buddhist attacks on Muslims in Myanmar

Ian Simpson, Reuters, May 07 Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday decried Buddhist monks’ attacks on Muslims in Myanmar, saying killing in the name of religion was “unthinkable.” The Dalai Lama, a foremost Buddhist leader, told an…

Muslims Find a Welcoming Home in Famously Catholic Ireland

Megan O’Neil, “The Atlantic” in WorldWide Religious News, Apr. 18 A new 60,000-square-foot development is likely to generate friction in any urban setting, much less a mosque in the capital of a historically Catholic country. And yet a proposal to…

Bucking French Tradition, City Sets Up a Kind of Holy Quarter

Scott Sayare, New York Times, Apr.02 Set above a sweep of green farmland, the crumbling stone chapel at the center of this village met the spiritual requirements of its Roman Catholic residents for nearly four centuries. But Bussy Saint-Georges is…

The hardline Buddhists targeting Sri Lanka’s Muslims

Charles Haviland, BBC News, Mar.25 After a series of attacks on mosques, wild rumours about animal slaughter and an attempt to outlaw the halal system of classification, the BBC’s Charles Haviland investigates how Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority is being targeted…

In a Strasbourg mosque, the often-uneasy French mix with Muslim neighbors

Edward Cody, Washington Post, Mar.07 One woman asked why Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, changes dates every year. Then came a question about how Muslims calculate that the world is entering the year 1434. For Abdelrahman Binjalloun, a Moroccan-born…

Canada’s new religious freedom ambassador says he’ll give a louder voice to homegrown values in a ‘noisy world’

Joseph Brean, National Post, Feb.19 Andrew P. W. Bennett, Canada’s first ambassador of religious freedom, is a Christian academic studying toward a theology degree in Ottawa, an expert on Scottish devolution, and a government policy analyst with experience in the…

Muslims Demolish Church Building in Egypt

Mary Abdelmassih (“Assyrian International News Agency”), WorldWide Religious News,  Jan.16 Hundreds of Muslims came out of mosques today with hammers and destroyed a social services building belonging to the Coptic Church while chanting Islamic slogans. Security forces arrived after the…

A Guide to Finding (Interfaith) Spiritual Peace

Susan Bloch, Huffington Post, Jan.10 It was midnight on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, when I, a Jewish woman, stood in front of the Church of the Nativity and brought myself to some spiritual peace that I could not…

Iraq’s Al-Sadr Visits Church, Site of 2010 Attack

Adam Schreck, Worldwide Religious News, Jan.04 Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reached out to Iraq’s religious minorities Friday, visiting a Baghdad church desecrated in a deadly 2010 attack and a prominent Sunni mosque as public opposition spread against his rival, Prime…