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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

A mosque in Gdańsk, Poland. Credit: altotemi via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Polish Catholic Church’s ‘Day of Islam’ seeks to ‘overcome prejudices’

Jan 25, 2021

The Polish Catholic Church’s annual “Day of Islam” on Tuesday is an opportunity to overcome prejudices, a bishop who oversees... Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron.

French president presses Muslim leaders to embrace 'republican values'

Dec 2, 2020

In the wake of several suspected Islamist attacks in France this year, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked the country’s... Read more

Sheikh Yahya Cholil Staquf with Archbishop Agustinus Agus of Pontianak.

Prominent Muslim leader says global effort needed to promote ‘compassionate Islam’

Jul 17, 2020

The leader of the largest independent Muslim organization in the world says that a resurgence of fundamentalist Islam threatens not... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

US group calls Pakistan blocking of aid to Christians, Hindus 'reprehensible'

Apr 15, 2020

The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom has called on the Pakistani government to ensure aid for the COVID-19 pandemic is... Read more

German court reverses school's niqab ban

Feb 4, 2020

A court in Germany overturned Monday a school’s ban on niqabs, ruling that Hamburg law does not allow educational authorities... Read more

Priest apologizes after 'hurtful' homily on Muslims, immigration

Jan 30, 2020

A priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has apologized for a homily that described Islam as the... Read more

Sheikh Yahya Cholil Staquf with Archbishop Agustinus Agus of Pontianak.

Muslim leader meets Pope Francis, calls for Islam that sees no ‘infidels’

Sep 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The leader of the largest independent Muslim organization in the world met Pope Francis this week to present his vision... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

Inter-religious leaders in Pakistan urge protections for religious minorities

Aug 9, 2019

By Carl Bunderson

Catholic and other religious leaders signed a joint resolution Thursday encouraging the Pakistani government to adopt policies to protect religious... Read more

Uighurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China continues to rebut Western claims about repression of Uighurs

Jul 24, 2019

An article published Wednesday in a state-run paper from mainland China repeated government talking points regarding the situations of the... Read more

Pope Francis delivers speech in Naples, Italy June 21, 2019.

In Naples, Pope Francis calls for theological dialogue with Islam, Judaism

Jun 21, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In Naples Friday Pope Francis delivered a speech calling for theological dialogue with Islam and Judaism in pontifical universities as... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

US religious freedom ambassador laments widespread silence on Uyghurs

Jun 11, 2019

Islamic countries should be more vocal in criticizing China's mistreatment of the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnoreligious group, the US ambassador-at-large... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican’s interreligious dialogue

May 25, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appointed Spanish Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot Saturday as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.  Read more

To promote peace, Ghana's chief Muslim cleric goes to Mass

May 13, 2019

As part of his efforts to increase interreligious peace, Ghana’s chief imam attended Easter Mass ahead of his 100th birthday... 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

Under pressure, UK to reconsider asylum application of Iranian Christian

Mar 25, 2019

The British Home Office has agreed to reconsider the asylum claim of an Iranian Christian, after it was shown on... Read more

A lethal injection chamber in California.

Muslim denied presence of imam at his execution in Alabama

Feb 8, 2019

A Muslim man convicted of murder has been executed in Alabama without his imam present, despite the man’s requests to... 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