- Dec 10, 2019
In an effort to fight growing acts of hatred against religious minorities, Detroit-area Muslims and Jews have been working together to do acts of charity on Christmas, a day of obvious significance that neither group celebrates. The positive spirit of the idea has inspired people of other faiths. This year, Christians and Sikhs have said they want to participate.
In the wake of the July terrorist attacks in Dhaka by Islamic militants, which targeted an upscale neighborhood in Bangladesh’s capital city, Faraaz Hossain’s story spread quickly around the world, hailed as a model of bravery and selflessness.
As Bangladesh struggles to defend its legacy of interreligious harmony, the country’s first-ever cardinal says the pope has handed him a megaphone to influence the culture. “For sure, now they’ll listen to me more, they’ll take my contributions more seriously,” said Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario.
Syrian Muslim and Christian children from the city of Aleppo will come together on Oct. 6 to pray for an end of the dirty war that has torn the country apart. They will also produce a statement to be sent to the world’s major powers, appealing for an end to the massacres that have seen hundreds killed in the last week alone.
Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich has said that a recent Georgetown University study, showing that 3 in 10 American Catholics have a negative view of Islam and Catholics are less likely than other Americans to know a Muslim personally, highlights the “urgent need” for dialogue with other faiths.
One day after a knife-wielding Somali man injured nine people at a shopping mall near St. Cloud, in what’s being treated as a possible terrorist incident, local Catholic leaders are urging prayer for the victims and understanding for the local Somali community.