11 February 2013 reported an important meeting between the Genovese Muslim community and high-level Genovese officials (including the Mayor) for a conference called “Hate and Prejudice: Citizens Promise to Allow a Place of Worship.” The meeting, which took place on February 7th, built on previous talks about the construction of a mosque in Genoa. The conference also sought to combat prejudice and was a continuation of talks that begin in 2008, in which the selection of location was near the major train station in Genoa. As of now, Muslims in Genoa have no central place to pray and are confined to basements and shops for Friday prayers.
Ilsussidiario.it (the subsidiary) 12 February 2013 Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will be stepping down at the end of month. Many news outlets have begun to discuss this pope’s relations with Muslims as well as how a future pope may interact with the Muslim faith. The Subsidiary published an overview of the Pope’s interactions with Muslims and the Muslim world understandings of the Pope. Egyptian professor, Wael Farouq is interviewed. According to Dr. Farouq the first reaction in the Arab world to the Pope’s resignation has been primarily silence. Many felt the pope was promulgating a very different and violent understanding of Islam particularly in his Regensburg speech. Also according to the article Dr. Farouq feels the Pope did not sufficiently create an open inter-faith dialogue.
ANSAmed 13 February 2013 also published a story on the Pope’s resignation primarily focusing on the Al Azhar campus and Muslim youth’s reactions to the Pope—which are not positive. The article explains that though many did not know of the resignation all agreed that the following pope needs to show respect for the Muslim faith.
9 February 2013
Cuneo, in the region of Piedmont, held an “Islam, Christianity, and Constitution: Christians, Muslims and the Secular State” conference at the Association of Saint Thomas. The meeting was organized by the Association of Paths of Peace, The Mambre Community, Santos-Milani Training Center, School of Peace in Boves an the Islamic Community Association of Cuneo.
The meeting comes as a result of the 11th anniversary of Ecumenical day of dialog between Islam and Christianity, the day is celebrated on the 27 of October.
The meeting based on Ecumenical day themes will focus on the following: the Italian constitution this year marks its 65 anniversary and its basic principles. Second, the conference will focus on Islam in Italy especially the struggles of becoming “Italian Islam” despite 40 years of Muslims living in Italy. Third, Italian issues with the construction of Mosques best exemplified by the 2010 Genoa case.