France urges its citizens to be cautious as anger surges in Muslim nations over cartoon row

France warned its citizens in several Muslim-majority countries to take extra security precautions on Tuesday as anger surged over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, and the head of Russia’s Chechnya region said Paris was pushing people towards terrorism. In Bangladesh, thousands of protesters marched through the capital, with some stamping on a poster of French… Read More France urges its citizens to be cautious as anger surges in Muslim nations over cartoon row

Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan urges boycott of French goods as Muslim nations outraged over cartoon row

Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan asked his compatriots to stop buying French goods on Monday in the latest expression of anger in the Muslim world over images being displayed in France of the Prophet Mohammad, which some Muslims consider blasphemous. In Bangladesh on Monday, protesters held placards with a caricature of French President Emmanuel Macron and… Read More Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan urges boycott of French goods as Muslim nations outraged over cartoon row

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa appointed as Patriarch of Jerusalem

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Vatican’s apostolic administrator in the Holy Land, has been named as the new Patriarch of Jerusalem by Pope Francis. Pizzaballa, 55, a Franciscan friar, has served as the acting Patriarch for four years and has steered the diocese through a financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, when the churches at the… Read More Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa appointed as Patriarch of Jerusalem

French police raid suspected extremist associations, individuals following beheading incident

French police on Monday raided Islamic associations and foreigners suspected of extremist religious beliefs, police sources said, three days after a suspected Islamist beheaded a school teacher. History teacher Samuel Paty, 47, was murdered on Friday in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police shot… Read More French police raid suspected extremist associations, individuals following beheading incident

French police fatally shoot teenage assailant following beheading of teacher in Paris

The teenager who beheaded a teacher outside the school in a Paris suburb where he taught had approached pupils in the street and asked them to point out his victim, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said on Saturday. Police shot dead the 18-year-old attacker, who was born in Russia, minutes after he murdered 47-year-old history teacher… Read More French police fatally shoot teenage assailant following beheading of teacher in Paris

Vatican says U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied audience with Pope Francis

The Vatican said on Wednesday it had denied a request from Mike Pompeo for an audience with Pope Francis, and accused the Secretary of State of trying to drag the Catholic Church into the U.S. presidential election by denouncing its relations with China. The extraordinary remarks from the two top diplomatic officials at the Vatican… Read More Vatican says U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied audience with Pope Francis

Relic containing blood of Pope John Paul II stolen from cathedral in Italy

A gold and crystal casing holding drops of the blood of Saint Pope John Paul II was stolen from the cathedral of the central Italian city of Spoleto, its bishop said on Thursday. The casing, known as a reliquary, was snatched on Wednesday from an altar dedicated to the Polish pope, who died in 2005… Read More Relic containing blood of Pope John Paul II stolen from cathedral in Italy