Pope calls for ending bloodshed in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA- In public remarks Sunday, Francis said he was following 'with worry the dramatic fate of the people of Yemen, already so exhausted from years of conflict,' AP reported. He appealed to the international community so that 'no effort…

The Revolutionary Roots of America’s Religious Nationalism

SHAFAQNA - A decade ago, it would have been difficult to conceive of Donald Trump as a key figure in America’s Christian image of itself. Yet the Religious Right’s support of his candidacy, followed by continued loyalty since he took office…

French Catholic Bishop: Iraq's holy shrines best places for humanitarian communication among all sects

SHAFAQNA - The French Catholic Bishop, Michael, expressed his extreme pride at visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The employees of the public relations department welcomed him and took him round the landmarks of the holy shrine. “I…

Russian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Kirill discusses Syria with Pope Francis

SHAFAQNA - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia has discussed US-led airstrikes on Syria with Pope Francis in a phone conversation, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church told reporters on Saturday. “We have come forward with this initiative…

Australia - Muslims decide to attend mass this Easter to promote tolerance

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SHAFAQNA - This Sunday, Catholic churches across Sydney, Australia will bear the usual signs of Easter: incense, fresh flowers, a lit Paschal candle — and a few rows of churchgoers wearing kufi and headscarves. Every year for the past 13…

Christian families return to Mosul - Religious pluralism returns after Daesh reign of Terror

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SHAFAQNA - More than 4,000 displaced Christian families have returned to Mosul since the city was fully liberated from Daesh militants, the governor of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh said. Nawfal Hammadi stated that more than 4,000…

What is Easter: Understanding the History and Symbols

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SHAFAQNA - Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his cruxifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah…

Israel targets Christian community in Jerusalem

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SHAFAQNA - Christian worshippers were targeted by the Israeli authorities on Sunday as they gathered to mark Sunday Palm near al-Salahia Church in Bab al-Asbat area in the Old City of Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). Local sources confirmed that…

Christians, Muslims come together to mourn victims of France attack

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SHAFAQNA-The bells of the Saint-Etienne church rang out under the grey sky in Trebes on Sunday (March 25) as hundreds of mourners, both Christian and Muslim, came together to pay their respects to the people who died in the deadly shooting that…

Photos: A Biblical Exegesis in Arabic from 1337 Commenced by Bismillah

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SHAFAQNA - A biblical exegesis in Arabic written in 1337. It begins with "Bismillah al-Khaliq al-Hayy al-Natiq" (بسم الله الخالق الحي الناطق).   Source: SHAFAQNA French

Muslim Berkeley Students Present Islam Lecture Series

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SHAFAQNA- Muslim scholar Ahmad Rashid Salim speaks to a full classroom of students who gave up their lunch hour to learn about the different sects within Islam on Tuesday, March 19 at Berkeley City College. Photo by Sarah Carpenter. During…

American Jews and Muslims have more in common than we thought, study finds

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SHAFAQNA- The more that American Jews and American Muslims interact with each other, the more likely they are to see the two faiths as more similar than different, a comprehensive study of Muslim-Jewish relations in America has found. Fifty-four…

Pope responds to Ayat. Arafi's Christmas message

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SHAFAQNA- Leader of the Catholic World Pope Francis has responded to a Christmas message sent by Head of Iran's Islamic Seminaries Ayatollah Alireza Arafi to Christian representatives. The text of Pope Francis' appreciation letter which…

Islam-Christianity dialogue planned in Ethiopia

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SHAFAQNA-  According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, the organization of the program was discussed in a recent meeting of Seyyed Hassan Heidari, Iranian cultural attaché in Addis Ababa, with the president…

The doubt about unacceptable teachings : ” Jesus as the son of God !”

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SHAFAQNA- I was raised in a fairly religious Christian family. We went to church and every week and I was very involved in the church’s youth group. I loved learning the stories of the prophets, but for some reason I never thought of Jesus…

American doctor: What we've seen contradicts what mass media portrays

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SHAFAQNA- An American Christian couple: Dr. Jack Pence and his wife – from Minnesota State – visited Imam Hussein Shrine in the holy city of Kerbela.   Pence said – in an interview – that some Americans fear coming to Iraq…

Christian Judge Orders Muslims to Memorize Qur’an

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SHAFAQNA- A Christian judge in northern Lebanon has ordered three young Muslims to memorize a chapter of the Holy Qur’an after they were convicted of insulting Mary, the mother of Jesus (peace be upon him). “The law is a school and…

Visiting a non-Muslim from the Mosque

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SHAFAQNA- There were displays, free refreshments (lots) and invites to a talk about the beliefs and to watch prayers if you wanted to. We did everything except watch the prayers – which we didn’t have time to do. But the MAIN thing by…

Israel occupation of Palestine threatens Christian communities

SHAFAQNA - A church service begins in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity. Worshipers descend the stone stairs, worn smooth by millions of pilgrims over the centuries, down into the Grotto -- the spot Christians believe Jesus was born. Incense…

Evidence of protecting Christians’ rights, churches in Islam

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SHAFAQNA - Following allegations made by the U.S. Congress regarding violations committed against Coptic Christians in Egypt, Egypt Today provides evidence of Islam’s preservation of Christians’ rights. Recently, Egypt’s Minister of…

Scholars Decipher One of Last Remaining Mysterious Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Oldest Bible Texts

SHAFAQNA - Israeli researchers have reportedly deciphered one of the last remaining unread parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half a century after their initial discovery. A Haifa University spokesman told AFP on Sunday that scholars…

Is the Shroud of Turin Evidence of Jesus' Existence?

SHAFAQNA - The Shroud of Turin is an ancient, sepia-colored, rectangular, 14.3 x 3.7 foot linen cloth woven in a three-to-one herringbone twill composed of flax fibrils with the front and the back image of a naked man with his hands folded…

The Mission of Prophet Jesus (as)

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SHAFAQNA- Follow me, not worship me Like all other prophets, Jesus had also come to teach the sublime ethical issues. With his lifestyle, he set a role model for his followers inviting them to guard themselves against evil and to obey his…

Judge Sides With Iraqi Christians Against Trump Deportations, Gives Them Shot at Freedom

SHAFAQNA - A U.S. district judge in Detroit ruled on Tuesday against part of President Donald Trump's deportations initiative by stating that hundreds of Iraqi nationals, many of them Christians, that were detained earlier this year must either…

Jesus Christ spent all his life fighting oppression and corruption

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SHAFAQNA- Jesus Christ, this great divine prophet has spent all his life among the people: fighting or resisting oppression, corruption and those who, relying on money and power, oppressed the people and dragged them from the hell of this…

Jesus through Shia Narrations

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SHAFAQNA- AUTHOR(S): Mahdi Muntazir Qa’im PUBLISHER(S): Ansariyan Publications – Qum Categorized collection of hadith (narrations) on Prophet Jesus (a) from the Shia books of Hadith. Topics include: His childhood,…

Shia Muslims visit Nigerian churches to celebrate Christmas with Christians

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim community group has visited a series of churches in a major Nigerian city to show their solidarity with its Christianpopulation. Members of the Islamic Movement, known as locally the Shia after their religious denomination,…

A Closer Look at Christianity

SHAFAQNA - Since I was young I always loved discussing religion with others. I always wanted to know where the truth lay. The more discussions I had the more I learned about Islam. More and more I found Islam to be a truly great religion. In…