Middle East

Over 400 non-Muslims fast to give food to Somalia

Over 400 non-Muslims fast to give food to Somalia

Participants at Hyatt Plaza’s Fast-a-thon. The Peninsula More than 410 non-Muslims participated in Hyatt Plaza’s Fast-a-thon, a charity event that offers the opportunity to experience fasting for one day. This year, for every person who registered and fasted, Hyatt Plaza and Qatar Charity will donate QR200 on his/her behalf to help ending hunger in Somalia. Consequently, the shopping mall and …

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After Egypt trip, Pope Francis hails ‘healthy secularism’ approach

Pope Francis gestures during a mass in Cairo

By Josephine McKenna An Egyptian flag flutters in the foreground as Pope Francis waves after a Mass in Cairo on April 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-EGYPT, originally transmitted on May 3, 2017.’ VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis hailed his visit to Egypt as a “sign of peace” in …

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Sikh NGO reaches out to Iraqis, Syrians

Sikh NGO reaches out to Iraqis, Syrians

By Jasmine Singh Khalsa Aid has installed a bakery on the Iraq Syria border as part of their rescue mission. “Recognising the whole human race as one,” it is this teaching of the guru that forms the basis of the International NGO Khalsa Aid, founded by Ravinder Singh from UK. To serve this belief, the volunteers of the organisation are ready …

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How Rola Sleiman became the first Arab female pastor

female pastor for Arab Christians

In 2017, Rola Sleiman began her role as an officially ordained pastor in Tripoli, Lebanon. She may be the first female pastor for Arab Christians, but Sleiman says it was a natural transition for her [Courtesy of Rola Sleiman/Al Jazeera] by Nada Homsi Tripoli, Lebanon – To anyone’s knowledge, Rola Sleiman is the first female pastor in the entirety of the …

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(Palestine/Israel): Arabic to Hebrew: ‘The Arab world is full of people, not terrorists’

The Arab world is full of people not terrorists

Maktoob aims to change the negative narrative of Arab affairs which is prevalent throughout Israeli media and academic discourse A portrait of the late Salman Natour, who identified as Palestinian, Arab and Druze (Photo courtesy of Ghadir Natour) By Mary Pelletier JERUSALEM – Hundreds gathered to listen to the words of the late Palestinian author Salman Natour on a rainy mid-February …

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How Catholic hospitals can help heal Syria – literally

How Catholic hospitals can help heal Syria – literally

By Andrea Gagliarducc Rome, Italy,  (CNA/EWTN News).- There are about three million people without heath care in war-torn Syria, and the papal envoy to the country has launched a project to help some of them. Cardinal Mario Zenari launched the Open Hospitals project to enhance and empower three Catholic hospitals in Syria. He visited Rome’s Gemelli Hospital to help promote …

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(USA) Rabbis want potential envoy to Israel rejected

David Friedman, who has been tapped by US President Donald Trump as the United States’ potential ambassador to Israel

Hundreds of American rabbis have signed a letter against the appointment of David Friedman as the United States’ ambassador to Israel, describing his ideology as “extreme.” The open letter, which was released on Monday, has been signed by as many as 600 American rabbis and cantors, The Times of Israel reported. The signatories took issue with Friedman’s fervent and oft-repeated …

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(Iraq/USA) Collecting human rights prize, Yazidi lawmaker calls travel ban ‘unfair’

(Iraq/USA) Collecting human rights prize, Yazidi lawmaker calls travel ban ‘unfair’

WASHINGTON (RNS) Receiving a prestigious human rights prize, an Iraqi lawmaker who gained international attention for her oppressed Yazidi religious minority decried the Trump administration’s “unfair” executive order on immigration. “Mr. President Donald Trump, Iraq is not a terrorist,” said Vian Dakhil as she received the Lantos Human Rights Prize at a Capitol Hill ceremony Wednesday (Feb. 8). “Iraqis are not terrorists. …

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Trump ban will hurt Christian refugees fleeing conflict, say Iraqi Catholic leaders

By Josephine McKenna ROME (RNS) As confusion continued over President Donald Trumps ban on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim countries, Catholic leaders from Iraq are warning that the policy change will hurt thousands of Iraqi Christians languishing in Middle East refugee camps. They would like to continue their lives in Europe, Canada, Australia or America, Archbishop Bashar Warda of …

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