Pentecost prayers: How to celebrate Pentecost today – wishes, greetings and messages

Pentecost, also called Whitsunday, is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. The Christian holy day commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”). Observances include prayers, vigils, fasting, novenas, retreats, Holy communion and […]

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Ramadan 2019 date: When does Ramadan 2019 start and when does it end?

During the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims across the world observe the period of Ramadan by committing to a month-long fast to commemorate the first revelation of the Koran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During Ramadan, practicing Muslims will not be allowed to eat, […]

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Historic deal between China and Vatican 'in the making'

Agreement could include Beijing giving the Vatican more say in picking bishops in state-approved churches. Beijing, China – After 67 years of acrimony, signs have emerged of improving relations between the Chinese government and the Vatican that could determine the future of the 10 million Catholics in China. Francesco Sisci, an Italian academic and a China-Vatican relations analyst, said there are […]

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Firebomb sparks unrest at sensitive Jerusalem holy site

Israeli police on Tuesday closed the entrances to Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site after Palestinian suspects threw a firebomb at a police station. There were no injuries reported from the firebombing. But police quickly deployed across the hilltop compound, scuffling with Palestinians in the area, as they searched for the assailants. Three suspects were arrested, and police were seen wrestling […]

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Man sentenced to death over Mashal Khan lynching

Thirty others imprisoned for the murder of young student wrongfully accused of committing blasphemy last year. Islamabad, Pakistan – A Pakistani court has sentenced one man to death and handed prison terms to 30 others over the mob lynching of a university student who was wrongfully accused of blasphemy last year. The killing of 23-year-old Mashal Khan, which was filmed […]

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China bans Muslim children from Quran classes

Chinese government authorities have banned Muslim children from attending religious events during winter break, in a county in western China that is mostly populated by Muslims.  The notification for the ban has been posted online by the education bureau, as authorities step up their suppression of religious freedoms. School students in Linxia county in Gansu province, home to many members of […]

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Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct

Interested in Pope Francis? Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday. The Vatican announced the resignation in a one-line statement. It was the latest in a string of cases of alleged misconduct against bishops to come to light this […]

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