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Photos: Eucharist ceremony for Commemoration of the Saint George in Tehran

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SHAFAQNA: A ceremony for commemoration of the Saint George was attended by the Archbishop of the Armenians of Tehran at the Saint George Church in Tehran.  Eucharist ceremony was held on September 29, 2018. …

Unity in Diversity– Reflections on Styles in Islamic Art

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts | by Marina Alin : It seems that Western art showed a variation in styles and movements in its history, while Islamic art remained rather stable. Nevertheless, each time and place in Islamic art history has its own signature,…

At least 12 killed in Nigeria church shooting

SHAFAQNA - Gunmen stormed a Catholic church in a town in southeast Nigeria early on Sunday, killing 12 persons, hospital sources and witnesses said. The attack took place at around 06:00 at St Philip's church in Ozubulu, near the city of…

One in six young people are Christian as visits to church buildings inspire them to convert

SHAFAQNA - One in six young people are practising Christians, new figures show, as research suggests thousands convert after visiting church buildings. The figures, show that more than one in five (21 per cent) people between the ages…

Sharjah church hosts Iftar for 400 Muslims

SHAFAQNA - This is the second year for the church to host Iftar for Muslim workers from various labour accommodations. In an exemplary model of the UAE's peace and harmony, Muslims and Christians gathered in Sharjah's St. Michael Church…

Christians, Muslims Find Common Ground as Perth Church Hosts Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA- St Paul’s Anglican Church in Beaconsfield, Perth, Western Australia, has been opening its doors to local Muslims as a place to conduct their Friday prayers for almost six years. This year the church hosted Ramadan on every…

Church, mosque stand next to each other in Beirut

SHAFAQNA - The new bell tower of the 19th century Saint George Cathedral is Beirut’s tallest at 72m (236ft) – the same height as the four minarets of the Mohammad al-Amin mosque that has dominated the city skyline since it was built over…

Why Mother Teresa is still no saint to many of her critics

SHAFAQNA -This Sunday, Mother Teresa will become a saint. The late Roman Catholic missionary who became an international icon for her charitable work will be canonized, the Catholic Church's highest honor, on Sept. 4. For Mother Teresa’s…

London church opens doors for Muslims, hosts grand Iftar

SHAFAQNA - History was made when a centuries-old church in London not only opened its doors for Muslims to break their fast at the church but also organised a prayer session and Iftari for hundreds of Muslims and the church leaders fasted alongside…

Church sign wishing a blessed Ramadan to Muslims stirs controversy in town

SHAFAQNA - Controversy brewed Monday night over a message posted by a Pennsylvania church and the response to that message from a school board member. At the board’s meeting Monday, several people asked the member, Matt Jansen, to resign. “And…

Michigan Muslims allow Church to use their Mosque

SHAFAQNA - The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lansing, Michigan has received help from a local mosque, which is allowing the congregation to hold Sunday services in their gymnasium while their new church is under construction. Since…

'Muslim refugees can't pray in church': Italian bishop

SHAFAQNA- The bishop of Pistoia, Tuscany, has slammed two priests for allowing Muslim refugees to pray inside the parish church of Vicofaro. Fathers Massimo Biancalani and Alessandro Carmignani announced the initiative late last week,…

We will stand with you, for YOU are US - Editorial

SHAFAQNA - Nadim Nassar, a prominent Syrian priest, and head of the Awareness Foundation - penned an open letter directed at Muslims in the Middle East, calling for tolerance, and brotherhood at a time of great fear and uncertainty. A voice…

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…

Donald Trump Goes To Church in Iowa … And Gets a Lesson in Humility

SHAFAQNA- Religious voters are a major factor in Iowa, the opening contest on the presidential nominating calendar, where Trump’s chief challenger in the Republican race is Texas senator Ted Cruz, a conservative preacher’s son who has made…

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…

Catholic Church Bans Teaching Islam in UK Schools

SHAFAQNA - The Catholic Church in Britain has become embroiled in controversy after it effectively banned schools from teaching students about Islam as part of religious studies on Sunday, Express newspaper reported. Under new General Certificate…

Pope to meet with poor, refugees, Muslims and evangelicals in three-nation Africa trip

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis will tour a Kenyan slum, meet with Muslims and evangelical Christians and visit a refugee camp in the conflict-torn Central African Republic during his first trip to Africa next month, the Vatican said Saturday. Francis…

Rebel cardinals accuse pope of stacking synod cards

SHAFAQNA -  Conservative cardinals have accused Pope Francis of stacking the cards against them in an ongoing battle over issues including the Church's approach to gays and to divorced and remarried believers, it emerged Monday. In a letter…

Pope Francis to visit Mexico next year

SHAFAQNA - The troubled country is home to second-largest Catholic population The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, marking his first trip to this heavily Catholic country in throes of unrest over unresolved…

Muslims Vs Vatican in Cricket Diplomacy

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SHAFAQNA - Extending bridges of interfaith relations, a Muslim cricket team will be travelling to Rome to play against Vatican next October 17. “We now have a trip to Rome to play the Pope’s team to look forward to in October. A brilliant…

At 9/11 site, pope prays with Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis embraced survivors of 9/11 in the footprints of the Twin Towers, then prayed for peace at an interfaith service beside the last column of steel salvaged from the fallen skyscrapers. Arriving straight from his speech…