Savona: A Saturday Meeting between faiths

January 8, 2014


Young Christians, Muslims and other faiths led by a bishop will gather in the Savona cathedral in the name of interreligious coexistence. The event will be held next Saturday, January 11 at 3.30, in the Cathedral of Savona.

This is a now annual initiative and has led many of different faiths and in symbolic places such as Assisi and Bethlehem. The event is a significant moment of unity among Muslims, Catholics and members of other religions around the nativity crib and attended by the Bishop Vittorio Lupi.

The event will be attended by Zahoor Zargar, President of the Islamic communities in Liguria as well as the pastor of the Cathedral, Don Giovanni Margara.


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The Bishop of Solsona calls to convert Muslims

18 May 2012

The Bishop of Solsona wants to convert Muslims living in the territory of his diocese to Christianity. Novell Xavier, the youngest bishop in Spain, writes in his Novell weekly on Sunday:
“In our work of evangelization we must not rule out the proclamation of our faith to the Muslims who reside in our towns and cities,” he adds then “If Christ is the only savior, he is also for those who profess Islam and therefore we have to engage in their conversion to Christianity,” the text adds. His proposal is considered inadequate by many Christians and also of course by Muslim representatives, although the rejection from many of them must be inferred from their silence. Jaiteh Morrow, imam of the mosque Claver, declines the invitation to comment on the bishop’s call to conversion. The president of the Islamic Association of Solsona, Khalid Baghal also refused to comment. However, the president of the Maghreb Atlas of Lleida, Omar Charah, talked of provocation: “It is out of place. Are we going back to the Crusades? “

French bishop declares, “We will have a Muslim majority in 20-30 years”

Pierre Cattenoz, Archbishop of Avignon told Christian magazine Famille Chrétienne that, “My pectoral cross is sometimes mocked by French youth of Maghrebian origin. When I tell them it was given to me by Pope Benedict XVI, they respond: ‘Who’s that?’ ”

“We’re at a turning point in the religious history of our country.’Gallic’ families, traditionally Christian, have on average two children. Muslims families living in France, have most often four, five six children. From this, we can see that France will have a Muslim majority in twenty, thirty years.”

Mezquita de Córdoba incident

An incident between Muslim tourists and guards employed by Cordoba mosque broke out when the visitors started to pray in the building, which is a former mosque that was converted into a Christian cathedral.
Demetrio Fernández, the bishop of the cathedral, recently insisted on the ban of Muslim prayers in the Christian cathedral. But members of a group of more than a 100 Muslims from Austria had started praying when security guards ordered them to stop. Upon their refusal to oblige by the security guards’ invitation to halt prayers, police were called in to remedy the situation.

Two visitors were arrested as a result of the incident.

Bishop defends missionary efforts towards Muslims

The Bishop of Lichfield has stepped into the debate about whether the Church should seek to convert Muslims by defending the church’s missionary approach to Islam. The Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, in a pastoral letter in parish magazines throughout Staffordshire, the northern half of Shropshire and most of the Black Country, said the Church had nothing to fear by recognising that Islam too is a missionary faith. “Both Christianity and Islam are missionary faiths. That means that each understands that the other has a message to convey to the world,” he said. “Muslims do not respect Christians who compromise their faith or water down their belief in the uniqueness of Christ. “A fundamental plank of a free society is the freedom to argue for one’s beliefs and to seek to persuade others. “Just as important is the freedom to change one’s religion (‘be converted’) and to change it again.” He stressed, however, that the decision to change religion must be taken freely, saying: “Any coercion is to be avoided.” He added: “Part of that will be to learn about the Muslim religion and to show respect for Muslim communities. Part of neighbourliness will be to share our Good News with them.” Next month, bishops, clergy and laity from the Diocese of Lichfield will join with their partners from Malaysia, South Africa, Canada and Germany, to discuss “Mission and the challenge of Islam”.

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UK bishop warns of Islam-only zones

A senior Church of England bishop says Islamic extremists in Britain are trying to create areas that exclude non-Muslims. The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali contends the goal is to establish “no-go” zones in England in which people of different faiths face physical attack, The Sunday Telegraph reported. The Pakistani-born Nazir-Ali, who serves as the bishop of Rochester, warned that Britain is becoming a divided nation due to government immigration policy and the “novel philosophy of multiculturalism.” Prime Minister Gordon Brown had no immediate comment. Muslim leaders scoffed at what they called an overreaction and asked for specific locations of the reputed Muslim strongholds.

German Lutheran leader questions mosque building

Berlin – Germany’s top Lutheran leader, Wolfgang Huber, questioned Monday why Muslims in the country were mounting “a large- scale mosque-building campaign.””It’s a fair question as to how far this meets legitimate religious needs or whether ambitions over and beyond that are involved,” said Huber, who is the Lutheran bishop of Berlin.

Dutch Bishop Suggests Calling God Allah

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch Catholic bishop who once said the hungry were entitled to steal bread and advocated condom use to prevent AIDS has made headlines again, this time by saying God should be called Allah. ”Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will call God Allah?” Bishop Tiny Muskens said in an interview broadcast this week. ”God doesn’t care what we call him.” In this nation where religious tolerance has been eroded in recent years by a rise in radical Islam, the comments drew little support.

UK Bishop Weighs in on Veil Debate

A Church of England bishop said in comments published Sunday that officials should have the power to ban veils that cover the face in public, continuing the divisive debate in Britain over the traditional garment for Muslim women. The Pakistani-born bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, urged Muslims not to wear the veil under some circumstances. “It is fine if they want to wear the veil in private,” he was quoted as saying by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper. “But there are occasions in public life when it is inappropriate for them to wear it.” Nazir-Ali said authorities should have the power to ban the veil in some situations. “I can see nothing in Islam that prescribes the wearing of a full-face veil,” he said. “In the supermarket, those at the cash tills need to be recognized. Teaching is another context in which society requires recognition and identification.”