In a joint declaration, Islamic leaders decry instrumentalisation of religion “for political, diplomatic or commercial ends”, criticise “unjustified” Muslim calls to boycott French products
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich warns on publication of blasphemous cartoons: “There cannot be absolute freedom… freedom of expression must take into account others’ views”
Nice diocese holds moving rite of reparation, Mass for All Saints in remembrance of three who perished in October 29 tragedy
French Bishops urge fix for “cancerous tumour” of extremism, insist that “despite the pain, Catholics refuse to give in to fear”
The terrorist attacks in France aren’t just about “religion” – they also involve a whole series of intricate historical, geopolitical and economic factors
Pope mourns aggression “that sowed death in a place of prayer and consolation”: “I pray for the victims, for their families and for the beloved French people, that they may respond to evil with good”
On Saturday, 22 August, the President of the Jewish community in Graz, Austria, Elie Rosen, was attacked on the premises of the synagogue.
It was recently announced that Cardinal Dolan will be giving the opening prayer at the Republican National Convention Monday August 24. This should not be a surprise to anyone considering how much flattery Cardinal Dolan has given to Trump over the years.
Turkey is showing disregard towards Christian cultural heritage and failing to fulfil its promise to maintain free access to Hagia Sophia, Nikolay Balashov, an archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church, told Sputnik on Friday, addressing Ankara’s latest decision to convert another former church into a mosque.
German Catholics are appealing to citizens not to vote for the “right-wing extremist” AfD or ‘Alternative for Germany’ political party, denouncing that the group has no place in a mature democracy.
Ever since the reversion of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, the Muslim call to prayer has been resounding from its minarets.
“For the fourth year, we are gathered in this too small church of Saint-Étienne du Rouvray, with you priests, nuns, parishioners, with you, the dear family of Father Jacques Hamel, with you witnesses of this dramatic gesture committed here”.
On 10 July, in a speech to the nation, President Erdoğan announced that the ancient Basilica of Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, would be reopened for Muslim worship on 24 July.
Since its origins in the sixth century A.D, the Hagia Sophia has served as a church, a mosque, and, since 1934, a museum.
Islamic prayers were held on Friday in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia basilica for the first time in 86 years.
A Vatican cardinal has floated a COVID conspiracy theory, suggesting that the virus could be a biological weapon.
A Jesuit expert on Islam has said that it is “hypocritical” to say that ‘Christianity has lost a church’ with the Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion.
The Serbian Orthodox Patriarch has launched a last-minute appeal for joint Muslim-Christian worship in Hagia Sophia, in what would be, on his judgment, a sign of “historical symbiosis, tolerance and trust”.
On 10 July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, after a court ruled that the site’s secularisation was unlawful.
By turning Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque, Turkish authorities have fixed a historical mistake made in 1934, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday.
A Vatican advisor has denied that “Islamic aggression” is behind Turkey’s decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia into a mosque, recalling that “Istanbul is not Mecca”.
On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that he had signed a decree converting Istanbul’s historic Hagia Sophia into a mosque which will open for Muslim prayers on 24 July.
One day, in Mecca, the Prophet Muhammad dropped a bombshell on his followers: He told them that all people are created equal.
Santiago Agrelo is a Spanish-born priest who from 2007 to 2019 was Archbishop of Tanger, in Morocco.
The Turkish Council of State, in a session next Thursday July 2, will consider opening the monumental complex of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to Islamic worship again.
The Catholic and Protestant Churches, along with the local Jewish community, are standing up to the far-right in Dresden, saying that in Germany “we need peacemakers, not pyromaniacs”.
A year ago on February 4, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad el-Tayeb, signed the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, in Abu Dhabi.