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A German professor believes The Holy Quran is a document for all eras

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain:  Thomas Bauer, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Münster in Germany, said: "The Holy Quran is a religious and literary document that benefits all the eras". "The Europeans' knowledge of Islam is…

Christians' Life in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA - Iraqi Christians live throughout Iraq, from Zakho in north to Basra in south. Iraq is home to some of the oldest followers of Christianity in the world for some 2,000 years. The number of Christian communities in 2003 was 1, 5 million.…

Photos: Badarak Ritual Ceremony at Saint Titus Church

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SHAFAQNA: The annual ritual ceremony of Holy Liturgy or Soorp Badarak, held at Saint Titus Church in Iran's Chaldoran city of Western Azerbaijan Province. This ceremony held on Saturday, with the presence of many Christians from Iran, Frence,…

Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency | by Syed Zafar Mehdi : Indian analyst Prof. Dibyesh Anand says that Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities, especially Muslims, so that majority of Hindus would think if…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Pope condemns terror attacks around the world

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday recent terror attacks around the world, including in New York where eight people were killed, saying he was “saddened” by events. “I am saddened by the terrorist attacks in recent days…

Christians, others be prepared to be part of #ArbaeenTrekNigeria 🇳🇬 2017

SHAFAQNA - The Arbaeen trek is a solemn walk undertaken exactly 40 days from the date that Imam Hussein, the grand son of the Prophet was brutally martyred in Karbala (now in Iraq). The Imam had set out for good leadership and justice, in opposition…

Orthodox Leaders Call for Boycott of Lidle, Nestle for Airbrushing Out Christian Symbols on Products

SHAFAQNA - Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church are asking worshipers to boycott Lidl and Nestlé, which removed Christian symbols from their food packaging in an attempt to be "religiously neutral." Earlier this month, shoppers noticed…

$2M Fundraiser Launched to Rebuild Christian Town Decimated by ISIS

SHAFAQNA - A leading humanitarian organization has launched a fundraising initiative to raise over $2 million to help the Archdiocese of Erbil rebuild an Iraqi Christian town decimated by the Islamic State so that the town's displaced citizens…

Catholic bishop in Central African Republic sheltering Muslims in cathedral

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SHAFAQNA - Two thousand Muslims have taken refuge in the cathedral of Bangassou, guarded by UN peacekeepers. The rising violence between the Anti-Balakas (composed of mostly Christians and animists), and the predominantly-Muslim Séléka rebels…

Christian man prays with Jerusalem Muslims as religious tensions flare

SHAFAQNA - Nidal Aboud stood out as one among many. As the men around him bowed, he made the sign of the cross. As they chanted their prayers, he read the Bible to himself. And as they said "Allahu Akbar" -- God is greatest -- he stood silently…

China bans religious beliefs for 88 million people

SHAFAQNA - The Chinese Government has banned members of the country’s ruling Communist Party from holding any religious beliefs. An article written by the Wang Zuaon Director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs revealed that…

It's unclear whether Christians will return to liberated Mosul

SHAFAQNA  - On Sunday July 9, the Iraqi army regained control of almost the entire city of Mosul, which has been an ISIS stronghold for over three years. Faraj Benoît Camurat, president of Fraternité en Irak (Brotherhood with Iraq), explains…

Cardinal Tagle urges Muslim-Christian unity amid Marawi conflict ‎

SHAFAQNA - Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle urged his countrymen on Tuesday to be the signs of love, hope and light amid ongoing clashes between government forces and armed Islamist terrorists in the south of the country.  The prelate…

Christian former-lawmaker sets out steps to help Muslims integrate - UK

SHAFAQNA - A Christian and former attorney general has set out a number of recommendations to help British Muslims integrate into wider UK society. Leading a new report to be unveiled in Westminster Cathedral on Monday, Dominic Grieve…

Christians and Muslims pray for peace

SHAFAQNA - THEY may differ in religion. But Christians and Muslims in Cebu set aside religious differences and came together for one purpose — peace. About 200 persons from different religions gathered at the Basilica Minore del Sto.…

Philippine Muslims Fear Marawi Fighting May Deepen Communal Discord

SHAFAQNA - When a small army of militants allied to Islamic State took over parts of Marawi City in the southern Philippines last month, many of the country's Muslims were alarmed. Although the Christian-majority Philippines has endured…

MARAWI - Muslim boss hid Christian workers who later escaped

SHAFAQNA - Three Christian civilians said they had cowered in a basement for weeks while militants inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) went from door to door killing non-Muslims in the southern Philippine city of Marawi,…

Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints opens doors to Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Muslims observing Ramadan have found a unique place to gather with other members of their faith and celebrate – the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints on North Belair Road. “It’s a show of our support of religious…

Christian Iraqi girl miraculously reunited with family 3 years after abduction by IS extremists

SHAFAQNA - The Ashti camp in Iraq's northern city of Arbil on Saturday celebrated the return of a girl whose abduction by extremists three years ago sent shockwaves through her Christian community. Joy filled the unit that is now the home…

Iraqi Christians fear metro Detroit ICE raids, deportations a 'death sentence'

SHAFAQNA - Advocates who say dozens of Iraqi Christians were targeted in immigration sweeps Sunday – outside churches and restaurants in metro Detroit – fear they'll be killed if returned to their home country. "These people have been…

Christians of Iraq: history and immigration

SHAFAQNA - Almost 250 years before Christianity was officially declared as the religion of the Byzantine Empire, Christianity was already prevalent and practiced in what is now modern day Iraq since 50AD by the inhabitants. These were the first…

Benjamin Corey: "5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood About Muslims"

SHAFAQNA - Conservative Christians seem to have a lot of opinions about Islam and our Muslim neighbors. Those opinions are often grossly misinformed at best. I’ve met very few conservative Christians who have spent any considerable…