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Snap! Hajj selfies gain popularity, spark controversy

Snap! Hajj selfies gain popularity, spark controversy

The increasingly popular phenomenon has sparked controversy among more conservative Muslims, however, with some taking to Twitter to criticise pilgrims who take selfies.

Comment(s) 10/5/2014

Israel fears unrest as Jewish, Muslim holy days coincide

Israel fears unrest as Jewish, Muslim holy days coincide

Israeli police are to deploy in extra strength in mixed Jewish-Muslim areas on Saturday, fearful of trouble as the two faiths mark major holy days, police said.

Comment(s) 9/29/2014

Bosphorus waters change color with animal blood

Bosphorus waters change color with animal blood

On World Animal Day, Turkey marks the Feast of Sacrifice with scenes of celebration and protests

Comment(s) 10/4/2014

Hajj nears for millions of Muslims in the world

Hajj nears for millions of Muslims in the world

From war-ravaged Iraq and Syria to Ebola-hit Nigeria and dozens of other nations, pilgrims are converging on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj, the world’s largest Muslim gathering

Comment(s) 9/26/2014

Pope launches historic review of teaching on family, marriage

Pope launches historic review of teaching on family, marriage

Pope Francis on Oct. 5 launched a major review of Catholic teaching on the family that could lead to change in the Church's attitude to marriage, cohabitation and divorce.

Comment(s) 10/5/2014

Vatican palace hosts ceremony by Rumi followers

Vatican palace hosts ceremony by Rumi followers

A Mevlevi group led by Faruk Hemdem Çelebi held a ceremony at the Vatican’s Palazzo della Cancelleria on Sept. 24

Comment(s) 9/25/2014

Pope braced for marriage clash as world's bishops meet

Pope braced for marriage clash as world's bishops meet

Nice-guy Pope Francis looks set to have his mettle tested by his first mutiny in the ranks this weekend at a Catholic meeting on the contentious issue of traditional marriage.

Comment(s) 10/3/2014

Alevis protest compulsory religion classes

Alevis protest compulsory religion classes

A group of Alevi associations have staged a protest against compulsory religion classes in Turkish schools, in front of the Education Ministry’s provincial building in Istanbul’s Cağaloğlu neighborhood

Comment(s) 9/23/2014

Muslim pilgrims in mass movement as hajj begins

Muslim pilgrims in mass movement as hajj begins

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims began a mass movement out of the holy city of Mecca towards the nearby Mina Valley in Saudi Arabia on Oct. 2, beginning the hajj.

Comment(s) 10/2/2014

Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be "the armour of God".

Comment(s) 9/21/2014

Turkey aims to open Islamic university: Top religious head

Turkey aims to open Islamic university: Top religious head

The head of Turkey’s top religious body has announced plans to open an Islamic university in Istanbul

Comment(s) 10/1/2014

Turkey’s top religious body to host Latin American Muslim leaders

Turkey’s top religious body to host Latin American Muslim leaders

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) will hold a “Latin American Religious Muslim Leaders Summit” in November, as part of its efforts to reach Muslim communities around the world.

Comment(s) 9/15/2014

Turkey’s top cleric slams Saudi Arabia over Mecca skyscrapers

Turkey’s top cleric slams Saudi Arabia over Mecca skyscrapers

The head of Turkey’s top religious authority has slammed Saudi Arabia over construction projects in Mecca

Comment(s) 10/1/2014

Pope likely to visit Turkey this autumn

Pope likely to visit Turkey this autumn

Pope Francis is expected to pay an official visit to Turkey later this autumn, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, paid a landmark official visit from the Holy See to the country

Comment(s) 9/9/2014

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