The relationship between Coptic Christians and the rest of Egyptian society is taking a turn for the worse. After violence perpetrated by Muslims, some Christians accuse authorities of treating them as second-class citizens.
Pope Benedict opened a synod of Roman Catholic bishops on Africa by denouncing the West’s materialism and lack of moral values, which he said were contaminating the world’s poorest continent like “toxic waste”.
Ramadan, more than any other time of the year, draws the Indonesian community in Paris together. Delectable typical foods, prayer and children’s mayhem are spun together every Saturday, turning the embassy into a home away from home.
With exclusive parties on private beaches, special TV series with plenty of commercial breaks, and massive inflation during the holy month, the debate about the meaning of Ramadan is growing louder in Lebanon and also elsewhere.
Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs, Hamid Saeed Kazmi (pictured left) was injured in a gun attack in the capital of Islamabad Wednesday that killed his driver. A moderate cleric, Kazmi has been a vocal opponent of the Taliban.