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In with the old: New president unlikely to transform Mormon church
In his message for World Peace Day, the Pope has said the world must not ‘extinguish hope’ in hearts of migrants, refugees
Bitcoin is not compatible with Islam, Turkey's religious authorities say
Europe’s biggest party for Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and diplomatic minefield
UK: Europe’s biggest party for Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
In with the old: New president unlikely to transform Mormon church
2018-01-17 12:45:34 Russell M. Nelson, the new leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, isn't expected to move the church in major new directions, church members and activists said Tuesday. Nelson, 93 — a world-renowned heart surgeon who was president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and of the Utah State Medical Association before he started moving up in the church's leadership — signaled a stay-the-course philosophy when he was announced Tuesday as the successor to President Thomas S   Read More ...
'Major challenges' face repatriation of Rohingya Muslims
2018-01-16 18:00:04 The UN refugee agency has warned ‘major challenges’ must be overcome as a plan is announced to repatriate some 1,500 Rohingya Muslims per week from Bangladesh to Myanmar. The UNHCR says the 'right of refugees to voluntarily return home' is essential, adding that the Rohingya must be informed about the situation in their areas of origin. Grave concern has been expressed by the UK’s International Development Committee   Read More ...
Paisley Adventist Church makes a healthy partnership in Scotland
2018-01-11 12:19:33 An Adventist church planted in one of the most socially deprived communities in Scotland has been seeking premises from which it can be a center of influence. While previous attempts to purchase a property have failed, a recent success will now put Paisley Seventh-day Adventist Church Centre at the front of the local community. Roar-Connections for Life, a charity for the elderly, operates twelve county-wide clubs offering healthy meals, mental and physical exercise and a befriending service   Read More ...
President of Mormon church Thomas S. Monson dead at 90
2018-01-03 16:45:23 Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died late Tuesday at his home in Salt Lake City, the church said in a statement. Monson, 90, had served as president of the Mormon church since 2008. "To the more than 16 million members of the church around the world, President Monson was an example of one who followed Jesus Christ," the statement said   Read More ...
In his message for World Peace Day, the Pope has said the world must not ‘extinguish hope’ in hearts of migrants, refugees
2018-01-01 22:00:07 Pope Francis has offered his reflections for 2018 as he celebrated New Year's Day Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and later greeted some 40,000 people in St. Peter's Squar. The Catholic church designates Januray 1 as World Peace Day, and Pope Francis noted that this year's focus should be on building a peaceful and welcoming world, particularly for refugees and migrants   Read More ...
Christmas Eve Mass: Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity hosts pilgrims
2017-12-25 10:02:31 Fewer people than usual were in the West Bank town this year because of increased tensions between Palestinians and the Israeli army since US President Donal   Read More ...
Diplômé de l'université de Rennes, l'imam controversé de Brest pourra devenir «référent laïcité»
2017-12-23 15:00:13 L'imam controversé, connu pour des prêches radicaux, a été récompensé par un diplôme universitaire à Rennes, lui permettant de devenir «référent laïcité» dans divers domaines professionnels et associatifs. Des commentateurs s'en sont scandalisés. Il a défendu un islam ultraconservateur et souvent considéré comme proche du salafisme : l'imam de Brest Rachid El Jay, connu sous le nom de Rachid Abou Houdeyfa, s'est-il racheté une conduite ? Il vient en tout cas d'être diplômé par l'université de droit à Rennes 1 en «Religions, droit et vie sociale»   Read More ...
2017: Myanmar's Rohingya crackdown, Trump's 'travel ban' and North Korea's missiles
2017-12-22 20:45:19 Myanmar’s all-powerful army launches an offensive in the state of Rakhine in August. It comes in response to an attack by insurgents from the Rohingya Muslim minority. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas flee the brutal crackdown. The United Nations calls the crackdown “textbook ethnic cleansing.” The lucky ones make it to neighbouring Bangladesh. Many lose their lives trying to escape. World leaders discuss how to punish both Myanmar’s army, and the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had won a Nobel Peace Prize as a champion of democracy   Read More ...
Islamic instant divorce 'not legal' under EU law, says ECJ
2017-12-20 12:36:26 A Syrian-born man who divorced his wife in a Sharia court has been told by Europe's top court that the divorce is not legally valid in Germany, where the former couple now live. The European Court of Justice said EU countries need not legally recognise divorces not granted by a state court. Some Muslims believe a men can end their marriage instantly by saying "talaq" (I divorce you) three times   Read More ...
Outrage spans beyond Middle East as Muslim world protests
2017-12-08 17:45:13 There are more Muslims in Asia than in the Middle East, and some 3,000 Bangladeshis took to the streets of Dhaka to march against the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. On leaving the national mosque, they shouted anti-US slogans and burned banners of Trump, as religious leaders rallied the crowd. There were similar scenes in Malaysia. Several thousand protesters joined the chorus of condemnation   Read More ...
Groups exploiting Islam for political purposes should be exposed: European Parliament panel
2017-12-02 03:04:36 CORK, Ireland: The Muslim Brotherhood has done irreparable harm to European’s view of Islam, and the influential group needs to be confronted over its ideas and philosophy by mainstream media and politicians on the continent. That’s one of the major conclusions of a European Parliament panel discussion on Islam earlier this week on the reasons behind the spread of radicalisation of Muslims   Read More ...
EU calls for 'equal rights' for all in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine
2017-11-30 09:45:53 YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar must guarantee “equal rights” for everyone in troubled Rakhine state as talks on repatriation of more than 620,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh gather steam, the new EU ambassador to the country said on Thursday. Kristian Schmidt, who took over the European Union mission in Yangon some two months ago, also called on the administration of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to “break down barriers” between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine   Read More ...
Pope Francis fails to mention Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar speech
2017-11-28 15:00:02 Pope Francis has given a speech in Myanmar without specifically mentioning its Muslim Rohingya community. The south-east Asian country has been accused of ethnic cleansing with 620,000 Rohingya fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh since August. Escapees told Save The Children there had been widespread rape, children burnt alive and dams being filled with bodies. The pope said in his address on Tuesday (November 28): “The arduous process of peacebuilding and national reconciliation can only advance through a commitment to justice and respect for human rights   Read More ...
Bitcoin is not compatible with Islam, Turkey's religious authorities say
2017-11-28 13:00:12 Turkey’s top religious body has declared that Bitcoin is not compatible with Islam. The Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, a state organisation dealing with religious matters said that because crypto-currencies were open to speculation, they were not appropriate for Muslims to use. “Buying and selling virtual currencies is not compatible with religion at this time because of the fact that their valuation is open to speculation, they can be easily used in illegal activities like money laundering and they are not under the state’s audit and surveillance,” Diyanet said on its website   Read More ...
Europe’s biggest party for Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
2017-11-27 16:26:10 Thousands of Muslims converged in London on Sunday for the biggest procession in Europe to observe the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. 'Mawlid an Nabi', prophet Muhammad's birthday, falls on the 12th day of the Rabi' al-awwal month in the Islamic calendar. One of the organisers, Hafiz Hasanet Ahmed, invited people of all faiths to join the festivities and, “see how peaceful and what true Muslims are like.” According Ahmed, Walthamstow’s ‘Mawlid an Nabi’ is the biggest of its kind in Europe, with people travelling from all corners of the continent to attend. Like what you see? Please subscribe FOLLOW ON TWITTER:   Read More ...
Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and diplomatic minefield
2017-11-27 13:45:07 Pope Francis left Rome on Sunday (November 26) evening – his next stop Myanmar. Awaiting him in the staunchly Buddhist country, a small but eager Catholic community and a potential diplomatic minefield after the military’s brutal crackdown on Myanmar’s ethnic Rohinga. Catholics make up about 1 percent of the population and pilgrims are heading to Yangon from around the country, hoping to attend mass given by their spiritual leader on Wednesday   Read More ...
UK: Europe’s biggest party for Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
2017-11-26 21:30:54 Thousands of Muslims converged in London on Sunday for the biggest procession in Europe to observe the prophet Muhammad’s birthday. 'Mawlid an Nabi', prophet Muhammad's birthday, falls on the 12th day of the Rabi' al-awwal month in the Islamic calendar. One of the organisers, Hafiz Hasanet Ahmed, invited people of all faiths to join the festivities and, “see how peaceful and what true Muslims are like.” According Ahmed, Walthamstow’s ‘Mawlid an Nabi’ is the biggest of its kind in Europe, with people travelling from all corners of the continent to attend. Video ID: 20171126 029 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly   Read More ...
Myanmar Catholics prepare for Pope Francis visit
2017-11-26 16:45:16 Churches in Myanmar's capital, Yangon, are preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis who is due to arrive there on Monday 27th November. Dozens of Catholic devotees have been camped out at Churches like Saint Anthony's in Yangon with many people having taken a 48-hour train journey from Kachin State. One of them, U Khun Aung, talked of his hopes. "I think the Pope could lead us to peace or give us advice about the religious tensions   Read More ...
A Reformation Event Reminds Us That Jesus Is Coming Soon
2017-11-25 12:14:13 Although we do not want to be perceived as alarmists, it is obvious that we are living in the last days of Earth’s history. A special service took place in London during commemorations for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation around the world — and it strikingly points to the prophetic times in which we are living. Leading clergy from various faiths gathered at the Church of England’s Westminster Abbey on Oct   Read More ...
Myanmar and Bangladesh sign agreement on repatriation of Rohingya refugees
2017-11-23 10:00:09 Myanmar has signed sign an accord over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh. Rights groups have accused the military in mostly Buddhist Myanmar of carrying out mass rape and other atrocities during a counter-insurgency operation launched in late August in retaliation for attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine State. On Wednesday, the United States said the military operation that drove 620,000 Rohingya to seek sanctuary in neighboring, largely Muslim Bangladesh, amounted to “ethnic cleansing”, echoing an accusation first leveled by top U   Read More ...
USA calls Myanmar action against Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'
2017-11-22 20:00:10 The United States on Wednesday joined the United Nations in condemning the Myanmar military operation against Rohingya Muslims as “ethnic cleansing.” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also threatened targeted sanctions against those responsible for what he described as “horrendous atrocities” in the southeast Asian country. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Buddhist majority Myanmar and sought refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh since a military crackdown in August   Read More ...
The poor are our "passport to paradise" Pope declares
2017-11-19 16:00:05 Helping the needy and neglected is one way of obtaining a “passport to paradise, Pope Francis has said. Celebrating Sunday mass, the head of the Catholic Church marked “World Day for the Poor”, by inviting homeless and unemployed people as guests of honour to the Vatican. “There, in the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor   Read More ...
Ground-breaking expansion for the new LifeStyleTV studio for Scandinavia
2017-11-15 12:20:09 LifeStyleTV, a privately-owned television station based in Sweden, broke ground on November 5 to start the development of a brand-new television studio. Claus Nybo, the founder and director of the station, sees this as another miracle in the life of the station that has been airing Seventh-day Adventist programming 24/7 since January 2006. With all the necessary building permits in hand, this is the beginning of a new and important chapter in the history of the station   Read More ...
Ex-Trump aide Flynn rejects 'kidnap cleric plot' reports
2017-11-11 08:45:07 The lawyer for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn has branded as “outrageous” and “false” media reports suggesting that his client may have been involved in an alleged plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars. Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, is accused by Turkey’s government of orchestrating last year’s failed coup there   Read More ...
UN warns Rohingya children at risk from child traffickers
2017-11-08 18:03:02 There are fresh fears over the safety of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar over the past two months. Child traffickers are known to be roaming refugee camps in Bangladesh looking for easy prey as thousands of infants remain separated from their parents. At the Kutupalong camp Noor Alom has set up a makeshift registration booth to help adults identify lost children. I spoke to children and families who fled violence in and now need our help. This crisis is a children'… READ MORE : What are the top stories today? Click to watch: euronews: the most watched news channel   Read More ...
Texas church shooting: what we know
2017-11-05 23:45:58 At around 11:30am local time a gunman in combat gear burst into a church service in a small Texas town and opened fire, killing and injuring dozens of people. Here is what we know: Witnesses reported that a man fired scores of shots, apparently pausing to reload before fleeing the building. At least 20 people were killed. The shooter himself died following a brief car pursuit by police although it is not clear if his fatal injuries were self-inflicted   Read More ...
Der Fall Seyran Ates: Wie saudisches Geld den liberalen Islam in Deutschland unterwandert
2017-11-03 17:41:25 Der Verein "Stop Extremism" verbindet die selbsternannte Islamreformerin Seyran Ates mit dem frischgebackenen österreichischen Nationalratsabgeordneten Efgani Dönmez. Ates gilt dabei als "deutsche Sprecherin" der Plattform. Die Organisation begreift sich als Initiative gegen den "extremistischen Islam". Aus Sicht von Efgani Dönmez stehen vor allem die Türkei und Katar hinter dem radikalen Islam. Aus einem Chatprotokoll, dessen Auszüge der taz vorliegen, geht hervor, wie Efgani Dönmez offenbar klar unterscheidet: Türkei = Bad, Katar = Bad, Saudis = Good   Read More ...
Anti-war plea from Pope as he prays for WW2 victims
2017-11-03 02:01:55 Pope Francis prayed for wartime victims on Thursday and warned that the world seemed to be headed into a conflict perhaps bigger than any before. On Catholic All Souls Days commemorating the dead, he paid a solemn visit to the Ardeatine Caves in Rome. There, in March 1944, occupying Nazis shot dead 335 Italian men and boys as a reprisal for the killing of 33 German soldiers by resistance fighters. Dozens of the victims were Jews and Francis and Rome's chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, each read… READ MORE : What are the top stories today? Click to watch: euronews:   Read More ...
Daughter of Chechen leader showcases collection based on traditional Muslim clothing
2017-10-25 13:45:14 Aishat Kadyrova, the eldest daughter of Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov, showed off her latest collection at Moscow fashion week on Tuesday (October 24). As the head of the Firdaws Fashion House, which she inherited from her mother, Aishat showcased a collection inspired by traditional Muslim clothing. The show was attended by Russian celebrities. Last spring, Aishat showcased another collection at her first Moscow fashion show   Read More ...
Die Botschaft hört man wohl: Saudi-Arabien will zurückkehren zum "gemäßigten, offenen Islam"
2017-10-24 20:02:47 Nahost Der Kronprinz von Saudi-Arabien, Muhammed bin Salman, hat gelobt, einen "gemäßigten" Islam wiederherzustellen, der allen Religionen der Welt offen gegenübersteht. Saudi-Arabien gilt jedoch als eine der autokratischsten Monarchien am Persischen Golf. "Kronprinz hätte gar nicht den Spielraum dafür" Außerdem glaubt Ghorbani nicht, dass Muhammed bin Salman über einen ausreichend großen Spielraum verfügt, um eine solch fundamentale Umorientierung in Saudi-Arabien umzusetzen   Read More ...
‘Out of the question’: Proposed introduction of Muslim holidays meets furious backlash in Germany
2017-10-22 14:03:11 German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere prompted a backlash from his own party and political allies by suggesting that Germany introduce Muslim public ho   Read More ...
Dozens killed in Afghan mosque attacks
2017-10-21 07:45:09 Suicide bombers have killed dozens of people including children in two separate attacks on mosques in Afghanistan. ISIL said it was behind Friday night’s bloodshed at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the capital. At least 39 worshippers died there. Elsewhere, at least 20 people were killed in an attack on a Sunni mosque in the central province of Ghor. It is a devastating end to a particularly deadly week in the country in which violence – largely carried out by the Taliban – has now claimed around 180 lives   Read More ...
Muslim woman saved burning man's life using Islamic robe to put out flames as he screamed for help
2017-09-30 21:03:04 A Muslim woman used an Islamic robe to save a burning man’s life when he caught fire - by using it to put out the flames. Jawaher Saif Al Kumaiti was driving home after visiting a friend in hospital when she saw two trucks burst into flames - and heard the victim shouting for someone to save him. One of the drivers, identified only as Mr H Sing, managed to escape from his burning vehicle - but not before his clothes caught fire   Read More ...
Pope Francis’ deputy urges dialogue after Francis accused of heresy
2017-09-30 00:18:10 Vatican City • The Vatican secretary of state called Thursday for greater dialogue within the Catholic Church after a small group of traditionalists formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. Cardinal Pietro Parolin said those who don’t agree with the pope are free to express themselves, “but on these things one must reason and find ways to understand one another   Read More ...
Pope’s deputy urges dialogue after Francis is accused of heresy over ‘Joy of Love’
2017-09-29 04:09:32 VATICAN CITY – The Vatican secretary of state called Thursday for greater dialogue within the Catholic Church after a small group of traditionalists formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. Cardinal Pietro Parolin said those who don’t agree with the pope are free to express themselves, “but on these things one must reason and find ways to understand one another   Read More ...
Pope's deputy urges dialogue after Francis accused of heresy
2017-09-28 17:38:04 VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's secretary of state has called for greater dialogue within the Roman Catholic Church after a small group of traditionalists accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Thursday that those who don't agree with the pope are free to express themselves, "but on these things one must reason and find ways to understand one another   Read More ...
Mom of French jihadi gets 2-year sentence for money transfer
2017-09-28 16:09:58 PARIS (AP) — The mother of a French jihadi who joined the Islamic State group in Syria has been sentenced to two years in prison for sending money to her son. The mother, Nathalie Haddadi, vowed to appeal Thursday's sentence, saying "This is the trial of a mother for helping her son." She was charged with financing terrorism, according to interviews she gave before the sentencing   Read More ...
Mom of French jihadi gets 2-year sentence for money transfer
2017-09-28 15:45:31 PARIS (AP) — The mother of a French jihadi who joined the Islamic State group in Syria has been sentenced to two years in prison for sending money to her son. The mother, Nathalie Haddadi, vowed to appeal Thursday's sentence, saying "This is the trial of a mother for helping her son." She was charged with financing terrorism, according to interviews she gave before the sentencing   Read More ...
Stoke imam jailed for supporting Islamic State group
2017-09-28 15:05:03 A British imam who told children martyrdom was better than school has been jailed for supporting the so-called Islamic State (IS). Kamran Hussain, 40, gave radical sermons at a charity-funded mosque in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. He preached "hatred and division", the Old Bailey heard. He was convicted of two counts of supporting IS and six of encouraging terrorism and jailed for six-and-a-half years   Read More ...
Danish minister posts screen grab of Muhammad cartoon
2017-09-27 20:17:02 COPENHAGEN — Denmark’s integration minister has caused a stir by publishing a screen grab of a tablet showing a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad that caused outrage among Muslims around the world in 2006. After a Danish museum didn’t display the 12 caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad in its exhibition on blasphemy, Inger Stoejberg posted a photo of an iPad where the background was a drawing of Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse   Read More ...