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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021.

Christian and Muslim leaders: Pope Francis' Iraq trip still bearing good fruit, but more dialogue needed

Sep 28, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis’ March visit with Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric, has already helped to foster some... Read more

Pope Francis participates in an interreligious meeting at the site of Ur, outside Nasiriyah, Iraq, March 6, 2021.

What a Dominican priest from the Midwest has learned about Catholic-Muslim dialogue since 9/11

Sep 14, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Real-life relationships and a “holy curiosity” must be the basis for Catholic-Muslim dialogue, says a Dominican priest whose college discussions... Read more

Pope Francis meets Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, Iraq, March 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Iraq, Muslim dialogue, and persecuted Christians

Mar 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

Among the historic moments from the pope’s recent visit to Iraq was the establishment of a National Day of Tolerance... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Syrian government to build replica of Hagia Sophia

Jul 30, 2020

The government of Syria plans to build a replica of Hagia Sophia, with support from Russia, as a protest against... Read more

An inspection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Philippines, Jan. 28, 2019, a day after suicide bombs exploded at the church.

Indonesian police identify couple responsible for attack on Filipino cathedral

Jul 25, 2019

Indonesian authorities released Tuesday the names of a couple whom they believe to have orchestrated a January terrorist attack on... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo was the site of a terrorist attack Jan. 27, 2019.

Six months after terror attack, Philippines cathedral packed at rededication

Jul 23, 2019

Despite the fresh memory of a deadly terrorist attack in January, the rededication Mass of the Cathedral of Our Lady... Read more

Pope Francis greets Moroccan King Mohammed VI in Rabat March 30, 2019.

Pope Francis: God desires solidarity among Catholics and Muslims

Apr 3, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Reflecting upon his recent apostolic journey to Morocco, Pope Francis said Wednesday that God desires a greater sense of fraternity... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Moroccan people on the esplanade of the Hassan Tower in Rabat, March 30, 2019.

Religious freedom is about human dignity, pope says in Morocco

Mar 30, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

During his first meeting in Rabat Saturday, Pope Francis underlined the importance of religious liberty and its connection to the... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Feb. 6, 2019.

Pope says UAE trip was 'new page' in dialogue between Christians, Muslims

Feb 6, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Wednesday that his recent trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was a step forward... Read more

Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint declaration on human fraternity during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Feb. 4, 2019.

Pope Francis signs peace declaration on ‘Human Fraternity’ with Grand Imam

Feb 4, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Catholics, Muslims and all who believe in God must work together to build a culture of love, peace and human... Read more

Pope Francis embraces Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, in Cairo, April 28, 2017.

Popes in the Middle East: Highlights of papal outreach in the region

Feb 2, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis is set to celebrate the first papal Mass on the Arabian peninsula next week during his Feb. 3-5... Read more

Muslims and Christians unite to rebuild Mosul monastery

Jun 5, 2017

As government forces pry apart the Islamic State's three yearlong grip on Mosul, Muslims and Christians have united to rebuild... Read more

Portland archbishop calls for prayer, action following train stabbing

May 30, 2017

Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland, Oregon, urged his followers on Facebook to practice Christ-like actions after a stabbing attack... Read more

Pope Francis lands at Cairo International Airport in Egypt on April 28, 2017.

Pope Francis in Egypt: To kill in the name of God is blasphemy

Apr 28, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his first speech in Egypt on Friday, Pope Francis denounced all forms of violence and hatred, saying that they... Read more

Al-Azhar University?, Egypt.

Vatican praised, cautioned on dialogue with al-Azhar university

Apr 27, 2017

By Elise Harris

A leading scholar in the Arab world has applauded the goodwill of both the Vatican and the prestigious Islamic al-Azhar... Read more

Nasir Mosque.

Priest: We need to praise what is good, true in the Muslim faith

Feb 28, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Not only is there a good deal in common between Muslims and Christians, but Catholics are called to respect and... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib at the Vatican May 23, 2016.

Vatican, Al-Azhar team up to counter religious justification for violence

Feb 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican and one of Islam’s most renowned schools of Sunni thought are joining forces to discuss how they can... Read more

Pope Francis hosts a lunch with Syrian refugees at his residence in Vatican City, Aug. 11, 2016.

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

Feb 17, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib at the Vatican May 23, 2016.

Vatican, Al-Azhar to officially resume dialogue

Oct 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday, the Vatican announced it will be sending a representative to Egypt to set plans for the official re-launching... Read more

In Minnesota, Christian-Muslim dialogue turns strangers into neighbors

Sep 28, 2016

In the aftermath of the mall stabbing of nine people by a Somali-Muslim Sept. 17 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Muslims... Read more