- Jan 20, 2021
Nativity scenes in public places in Lebanon demonstrate the harmony between Christians and Muslims living in the country. Even though war and persecution plague the Middle East, Lebanon manages to remain a peaceful island of co-habitation and collaboration.
Albania is at the crossroads of civilizations and a microcosm of the Mediterranean cultures and religions, a frontier where Christianity encounters Islam, which for a frontiersman and Jesuit such as Father Giovanni Fausti presented an incredible wealth of first-hand experience.
The Vatican and Egypt’s prestigious Sunni Muslim center of Al-Azhar are resuming their dialogue, at a time that Egypt under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is pressing its campaign against Islamic extremism both at home and across the Middle East.
When Pope Francis makes a brief stop in the small Caucasus nation of Azerbaijan on Sunday, he has a chance not simply to improve Catholic/Muslim relations generally but to exploit the possibility of a natural alliance with Shiite Muslims, the second largest branch of Islam.
In a gesture of solidarity following the gruesome killing of a French priest, Muslims on Sunday attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across France and beyond.
A furious imam in Fr Jacques Hamel’s town launched a scathing attack on his killers at Friday prayers in the mosque of Sainte Etienne de Rouvray, which was built on land donated by a neighboring parish.