• Pope calls Palestinian leader an ‘angel of peace’

    • May 16, 2015

    ROME — Two days after the Vatican announced its first bilateral accord with the “State of Palestine,” Pope Francis on Saturday welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Rome as an “angel of peace.” The two leaders met for 20 minutes on the eve of the canonization of two Palestinian nuns,

  • A church, for now, becomes a mosque

    • May 7, 2015

    VENICE, Italy — The 18th-century novelist William Beckford wrote that he couldn’t help thinking of this city’s most beloved sight, St. Mark’s Basilica, as a mosque, with its “pinnacles and semicircular arches” all “so oriental in appearance.” But despite the profound stamp that Islamic culture has left on Venice’s art

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  • Catholics, Shi’ites join forces in condemning Islamic terrorism

    • Mar 25, 2015

    ROME — A summit in Rome between Shi’ite Muslim and Catholic leaders on Tuesday produced a strong condemnation of terrorist acts by radical Islamic groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and ISIS in Iraq and Syria. “Religious leaders who legitimize violence are neither religious, nor are they being leaders,”