STOP THE “SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE AND DEATH” IN UKRAINE, POPE FRANCIS ‘BEGS’ PUTIN

Sun 02 October 2022: Pope Francis said he is haunted by “rivers of blood and tears” and has made a direct appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt the “spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine. In a speech devoted to Ukraine in St. Peter’s Square, the head of the Catholic Church also denounced […]

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR IS NOT COWBOY MOVIE IT’S ‘A WORLD WAR’: POPE FRANCIS

Thu 29 September 2022: During a recent visit to Kazakhstan, Pope Francis stated that it is incorrect to refer to the conflict in Ukraine as a “Russia-Ukraine war” because it is actually a “world war” , according to media outlets close to the Vatican. According to reports, the president of the Vatican and the spiritual […]

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CALL FOR HARSH SENTENCE FOR KZN PASTOR ACCUSED OF RAPING 13 CHILDREN

Tue 27 September 2022: KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, has called for a harsh sentence for the pastor who allegedly raped 13 children at Luvisi village in Nquthu, northern KwaZulu-Natal. It is alleged that the 56-year-old reverend has been luring young girls and boys, aged between five and 17 years to watch cartoons and […]

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YUSUF AL-QARADAWI, THE MUSLIM SCHOLAR WHO INFLUENCED MILLIONS

Tue 27 September 2022:  Al-Qaradawi, who died on Monday aged 96, was a leading voice in the Muslim world, both in religion and in politics. The passing of Yusuf al-Qaradawi in Qatar on Monday marks the end of an era in contemporary Islam. Al-Qaradawi was one of the world’s most influential Muslim scholars, and a vocal advocate […]

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EUROPE’S INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF ISLAMOPHOBIA RAISES ALARM: REPORT

Sat 24 September 2022: Islamophobia remains a growing threat across Europe, with several countries enacting policies that have contributed to the institutionalisation of an issue that should, instead, be stamped out with urgency, a new report has warned. According to the European Islamophobia Report 2021, Islamophobia was “as pressing a problem” across the continent as […]

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1 IN 3 SOUTHEAST ASIAN MUSLIMS MORE DEVOUT THAN PARENTS: REPORT

Wed 21 September 2022: One in three Muslims in Southeast Asia consider themselves more religious than their parents were at their age, with their faith informing decisions around personal spending, fashion, banking, travel and education, a survey has found. Just 21 percent of the region’s 250 million Muslims say they are less observant than their […]

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AI IS BEING USED BY SAUDI ARABIA TO MANAGE CROWDS AT HOLY SITES

Thu 15 September 2022: Saudi Arabia is to make use of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to help crowd management and streamline services for pilgrims visiting the kingdom’s two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. During the second edition of the Global AI Summit in Riyadh, Lieutenant General Mohammed Al-Bassami, the director of public security at […]

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POPE FRANCIS WARNS AGAINST USING RELIGION AS AN INSTRUMENT OF POWER

The Pope spoke to representatives of the world’s religions in Kazakhstan. Wed 14 September 2022: Pope Francis told an interfaith gathering in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan on Wednesday that religion should not be used to gain power, AFP reported. “May we never justify violence. May we never allow the sacred to be exploited by the profane. The […]

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