Patriarch of Moscow warns against efforts to remove God from Society

SHAFAQNA - His holiness, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Cyril I, at the Feast of Orthodoxy (20th March 2016) held a speech in which he strongly criticized the heresy of Modernism

Pope Washes and Kisses Feet Of Muslim Migrants, Says ‘We All Brothers’

SHAFAQNA- In a period of time when increased anti-Muslim sentiments prevail due to the incessant attacks on European cities, Pope Francis has displayed a gesture of welcome and brotherhood which sharply contrasted with the gesture of war and…

Easter and Christianity

SHAFAQNA - On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of  Jesus Christ. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches. Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back…
Father Bernard Kenvi (C) helps a Muslim child climb down from an open truck in the town of Bossemptele,

Catholic priest who saved 1,500 Muslims nominated for peace prize

SHAFAQNA - Fr. Bernard Kinvi, a priest of the Order of St. Camillus, is shortlisted for the Aurora Prize. The Aurora Prize aims to aims to honour those who stood up for Armenians during the 1915 genocide. In addition, the Aurora Prize for…

Azerbaijan Bans over 730 Religious Books

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SHAFAQNA- The Republic of Azerbaijan’s government banned the import of 732 books on religious issues. The Caucasian country’s government committee for religious groups has made the decision, the Caucasus Religious Center reported. It…

The Gospel: The Secret the Church Never Told ...Islam

SHAFAQNA - The Christian Church has been claiming to represent the Gospel of Jesus Christ (as) for centuries. The amazing fact is that Christians never actually tell anybody what the Gospel is according to their own sacred book, the New Testament.…

UN delegation visits Imam Hussein Museum

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SHAFAQNA- The museum of the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine received a delegation from the United Nations who visited the museum in order to see the unique antiquities there. The museum of the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine received a delegation from…

Pope Francis speaks words of peace for Syria

SHAFAQNA -  Pope Francis expressed hope that cessation of fighting actions in Syria would lead to ending the five year-long crisis. Cessation of fighting actions started last Friday midnight in an implementation of the Russian-US agreement…

Patriarch Kirill calls on Catholics to jointly oppose de-Christianization of human civilization

SHAFAQNA - Rio de Janeiro, February 20, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has called on Orthodox Christians and Catholics to join efforts in the fight against the ousting of Christian values. “We still have some doctrinal…

Russian patriarch calls for peace and reason among nations

SHAFAQNA - A new clash of world powers should be prevented at all costs, Russian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill said in an exclusive interview with RT America’s Ed Schultz, stressing that both Russia and the US must do “everything…

Russian Orthodox Patriarch, Pope hold historic meeting, sign call to end persecution of Christians

SHAFAQNA - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and Pope Francis signed a joint declaration after their first historic meeting in Havana, Cuba. They called on world leaders to prevent Christians in the Middle East from…

Hijab-Wearing Professor Targeted for Firing Reaches Pact with Wheaton College

SHAFAQNA- Wheaton College and the professor targeted for firing because she said Muslims and Christians share the same God — a belief she uttered while wearing a hijab as an instructional statement about solidarity — have reached an agreement…

Christian rift on the mend? Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill to meet in Cuba

SHAFAQNA - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is to meet his Roman Catholic counterpart, Pope Francis, during a historic visit to Latin America. The groundbreaking meeting is to happen in mid-February in Cuba. The…

Minaret and Muslims in Mexican city set to host pope

SHAFAQNA - The domed mosque with a minaret rises above small homes in a seemingly unlikely place: A southern Mexican indigenous city that will greet Pope Francis in three weeks. Surrounded by the misty mountains of Chiapas state, San Cristobal…

Pope Francis May Visit Rome’s Great Mosque

SHAFAQNA- A visit to one of the largest mosques outside the Muslim world may rank among the most symbolically powerful moments in Pope Francis’s tenure at the Vatican and comes at a time when immigration and terrorism have strained interfaith…

Italy's Muslims invite Pope to visit Rome's main mosque

SHAFAQNA - Representatives of Italy's Muslim community have invited Pope Francis to visit the main mosque in Rome, just days after Francis paid his respects at the capital's main synagogue in a sign of interfaith friendship. The Vatican…

Christians, Muslims in US Find Common Ground for Peace

SHAFAQNA- All smiled for a photo to be sent as a message of protest to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and other governors who have threatened not to accept Syrian refugees in their states. "We choose welcome over fear,” said Rev. Steve…

Paul Galloway on religious semantic and the notion of God

SHAFAQNA - Paul Galloway is the executive director of the American Center for Outreach, an advocacy group for civic participation of Muslims in Tennessee. A tolerant man, a man of peace and reason, Mr Galloway offered an interesting position…

Religious voices respond to State of the Union

SHAFAQNA - In his last State of the Union address, President Obama made an impassioned case against religious bigotry and cast other key issues in moral terms. He rejected “any politics that targets people because of race or religion.” “This…

1,500 Year Old Bible Says That Jesus Christ Was Not Crucified

SHAFAQNA - A 1,500 year old bible has been seized from a gang of smugglers in a Mediterranean-area operation in which it is revealed that Jesus Christ was never crucified on the cross as commonly believed. According to this ancient version…

A very Syrian Christmas

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SHAFAQNA - If Syria continues to be at war  - a war which has claimed too many of its sons and daughters not to remain an open scar on the region, Syrians as a whole have remained hopeful, united in their prayer that peace will soon heal their…

Catholic church lauds efforts by Muslim faithful

SHAFAQNA - Eldoret Diocese Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir has lauded the Muslim fraternity for their stand on peace and safety of other faithfuls. Korir said he was pleased with religious leaders from diverse churches, particularly Muslims…

Nigerian Muslims preach unity, understanding at Xmas

SHAFAQNA - The Nigerian Muslims, yesterday, called for more understanding, unity and love among Muslims and Christian faithful in Nigeria to move the nation and humanity forward. In a Christmas massage by the President-General of the Nigerian…

A Most Unique Christmas in 2015

SHAFAQNA - In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring Christmas time every year is always slightly different: the weather is different, the cultural context is different, and even the political climate is different.…

Religious Leaders Stand Up For Peace Amid Anti-Muslim Attacks

SHAFAQNA - Amid a spike in anti-Muslim assaults, vandalism and death threats around the country since the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino and growing sentiment against the resettlement of Muslim refugees, congregations of all faiths…

Activists mark Chanukah by challenging growing Islamophobia in the United States

SHAFAQNA - Tying together a long history of Jewish social justice activism–think Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel participating alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches–Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No!…

Pope Francis Fights ISIS by Fostering Interreligious Dialogue

SHAFAQNA - The highlight of Pope Francis' journey in Africa was, on Nov. 30, his morning visit to a mosque in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, where Christian and Muslim militias have been fighting each other over nearly…

December 25 and Paganism

SHAFAQNA - As Christians around the world are already speaking of Christmas, historians and theologians question whether the holiday really celebrates the birth of the so called 'son of god' or the 'sun-god'. Christians around the world…