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The Virgin Mary in Islam: Image and Devotion, a book by Msgr. Bressan
The Archbishop of Trento, a veteran of the Holy See's diplomatic service, presents Mary as a "Woman of encounter" between the two religions. Widespread and strong devotion among Muslims to Our Lady, and the significant iconography, across centuries and continents, in the Muslim world.
Beirut, "national" Islamic-Christian holiday in the name of the Annunciation of Mary
The official decision could be reached during the meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Prime Minister Hariri of Lebanon, scheduled for tomorrow at the Vatican. It will have a more "national" than "religious" character and will be a symbol of unity among the citizens. The day of celebration marked by a common social, cultural and religious program.
Pope: in Pompeii to entrust the synod and missionaries to the Virgin Mary
On pilgrimage to the shrine dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary, Benedict XVI speaks of "the role of Mary," who "personifies the people chosen by him to spread his blessing to the entire human family." Recalling the life of Blessed Bartolo Longo, the pope stresses that anti-clericalism and superstition are not lacking in our day.
Millions of Muslims devoted to Our Lady and eager for exorcism
Fatima, Harissa, Damascus, Samalut, Assiut, Zeitun and many other places where the Virgin appeared are the destination of incessant pilgrimages from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iran. Pilgrims in search of physical but also spiritual healing; spontaneous and mystical prayer and not the schematic and formal verses of official Islam. The iconoclast Salafists destroy places of pilgrimage every year. But the devotion to Mary is growing, also fueled by the stories of the Koran. The spiritual dialogue between Christians and Muslims is much more promising than cultural, theological or political dialogue.
Regimes change, but Vietnamese devotion to Mary remains firm
It is a form of love and trust that emerged in the era of the kings and feudalism. Today, the people note that the children of Catholic families are not involved in drugs or criminal activities, and are improving social harmony. A special year of indulgence granted by Cardinal Stafford to the faithful of Thai Ha.
26/07/2012 ISLAM - CHRISTIANITY
A Muslim convert talks about Christ
By coming out openly on TV, with the danger of recognition and persecution for 'apostasy,' Mohammed Christophe reasserted the importance of conversion and baptism. In Muslim nations, various bishops and priests refuse to baptise Muslims who want to become Christian. Yet, conversion means a revolution in the relationship with God, the father, and Jesus, who gave his life, for one gives up everything putting one's life at risk.
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