Pope Francis urges vigilance against rise in anti-Semitism during Hungary visit

Pope Francis called on Sunday for vigilance against a rise in anti-Semitism, saying during a brief trip to Hungary this was a “fuse that must not be allowed to burn.” The pope arrived in Hungary early on Sunday for an unusually short visit underlining differences with his political opposite, nationalist and anti-immigrant Prime Minister Viktor… Read More Pope Francis urges vigilance against rise in anti-Semitism during Hungary visit

Dozens injured as police clash with anti-Serbian protesters in Montenegro

Montenegro police used teargas against rock-throwing protesters during Sunday’s enthronement of a Serbian Orthodox Church cleric as the nation’s religious leader, with dozens reported injured. The enthronement of Joanikije II at a monastery in the town of Cetinje has stirred divisions within Montenegro over ties with neighbouring Serbia. Montenegro left its union with Serbia in… Read More Dozens injured as police clash with anti-Serbian protesters in Montenegro

Pope Francis calls on Christians to pray and fast for Afghanistan

Pope Francis on Sunday called on the world’s Christians to pray and carry out fasting to ask God to bring about peace and coexistence in Afghanistan. Speaking to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing, Francis said he was following events in Afghanistan with “great worry” and was participating in the… Read More Pope Francis calls on Christians to pray and fast for Afghanistan

Vatican takes disciplinary action against Polish archbishop over negligence in sexual abuse cases

The Vatican has disciplined the former archbishop of Wroclaw in Poland following an investigation into negligence over sex abuse allegations, banning him from taking part in any public ceremonies, both religious and secular. The move against retired Archbishop Marian Golebiewski was announced on Saturday by the Archdiocese of Wroclaw in western Poland. It said the… Read More Vatican takes disciplinary action against Polish archbishop over negligence in sexual abuse cases

Taliban leader says role of women in Afghanistan to be decided by Islamic scholars

A senior Taliban leader has said that the role of women in Afghanistan, including their right to work and education and how they should dress, would ultimately be decided by a council of Islamic scholars. “Our ulema (scholars) will decide whether girls are allowed to go to school or not,” Waheedullah Hashimi, who has access… Read More Taliban leader says role of women in Afghanistan to be decided by Islamic scholars

Indian forces raid banned religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami in alleged terrorism funding case

India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Sunday it conducted raids at nearly five dozen places linked to banned religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in Jammu and Kashmir in an alleged terrorism funding case. The government accuses Jamaat-e-Islami of supporting militancy in Indian-controlled Kashmir, which is at the heart of decades of conflict with Muslim Pakistan.… Read More Indian forces raid banned religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami in alleged terrorism funding case

Nigerian court acquits Shi’ite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, wife of all criminal charges

A Nigerian court on Wednesday acquitted Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), a banned Shi’ite group, of all eight criminal charges against him, defence and prosecution lawyers said. Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, had been in detention since 2015 when he was arrested after a clash in which the army killed… Read More Nigerian court acquits Shi’ite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, wife of all criminal charges

Egypt releases several prominent activists ahead of Eid al-Alha holiday

Several prominent Egyptian activists and journalists were released from custody on Sunday following months of detention on charges including joining or aiding a terrorist group and spreading false news, lawyers representing them said. Egyptian authorities have in recent months released detainees ahead of major Muslim holidays. Sunday’s releases come two days ahead of Eid al-Adha,… Read More Egypt releases several prominent activists ahead of Eid al-Alha holiday