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  • Are Judaism and Christianity as Violent as Islam?

    The CrusadesBased on countless Qur'anic verses and oral traditions attributed to Muhammad, Islam's learned officials, sheikhs, muftis, and imams throughout the ages have all reached consensus—binding on the entire Muslim community—that Islam is to be at perpetual war with the non-Muslim world until the former subsumes the latter.

  • Catholics for Palestine & Catholics for Israel

    Israel and PalestineIn the Catholic Church, disagreements are commonplace over a whole range of issues, be they political, social, economic, religious or historical, but at the end of the day these differences of opinion can be resolved through amicable discussion, prayer and a sense of fellowship and family in Christ. There is one issue, however, that divides so deeply that it has the potential to create permanent separation, and this is the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

  • Christianity and Islam: Doctrines and Beliefs Compared

    Church of Saint George Maronite and Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque in Downtown BeirutAlthough Islam and Christianity seem to have certain points of doctrine in common, there is an enormous difference between them, not only in beliefs about salvation and Christ but in many other areas affecting daily life, human behavior and attitudes.

  • Christians Flee Islamic Fundamentalism

    Palestinian ChristiansThe Christian population of the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA) has sharply declined in recent decades, as tens of thousands have abandoned their holy sites and ancestral properties to live abroad. Those who remain comprise a beleaguered and dwindling minority. In sharp contrast, Israel's Christian community has prospered and grown by at least 270 percent since the founding of the state.

  • Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

    Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?Does the Catholic Church teach that Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Matt Slick of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) tries to answer the question but he's wrong about the Catholic position.

  • Islam and Christianity: Where Dialogue Stumbles

    Pope Francis meets a Muslim

    In "Evangelii Gaudium," Pope Francis dictates the rules for the relationship with Muslims. The Jesuit Islamologist Samir Khalil Samir examines them one by one. And he criticizes their limitations.

  • Islam, Religious Extremism and Religious Relativism

    Stop Extremism?Are we witnessing today a phenomenon of nameless "religious extremists"—whether Christians, Jews or Muslims—spreading violence in the name of "religion"? Or is reality quite different? 

  • Jesus and Mary on Israel and the End Times? (Part I)

    Jerusalem and the Dome of the RockRecent locutions allegedly spoken by Jesus and Mary claim that Israel and the Jewish people are at the center of the dramatic events that are about to unfold in the world. Could these words be a genuine wake-up call to the Church and to the world?

  • Jesus and Mary on Israel and the End Times? (Part II)

    JerusalemRecent locutions allegedly spoken by Jesus and Mary claim that Israel and the Jewish people are at the center of the dramatic events that are about to unfold in the world. Could these words be a genuine wake-up call to the Church and to the world?

  • Jesus and Mary on Israel and the Middle East? (Part III)

    Israel and the Middle East"Do not take your eyes off of Israel, because I never remove mine from the people who gave me birth.  Nor do I remove my protecting hand.  However, now they are surrounded by enemies, far stronger than any described in the bible, and they are deciding what needs to be done. If only they knew to call on me!  If only they had devotion to me, I could lead them on safe paths."

  • Magdi Allam's Path to Conversion

    Magdi AllamHere is a translation of Magdi Allam’s account of his conversion to Catholicism. The formerly Muslim journalist was baptized by Benedict XVI at Saturday's Easter Vigil Mass 2008 in St. Peter's Basilica.

     
  • Morphing the Face of Jihad

    ISISFor dyed-in-the-wool jihadi warriors, an asymmetrical approach to warfare with Israel - one which results in many Gazan civilian casualties - is actually a gateway to religious merit and reward. This is not a cycle of violence, or simply a deep animosity between Isaac and Ishmael. It is a fight between (on one hand) Islamist kamikazes who don't surrender, a group of post-Hiroshima-like zombies, and (on the other hand) the Jewish people returning to their Promised Land in fulfilment of ancient Hebrew prophecies.

  • Muhammad and Jesus: A Side by Side Comparison

    The Cross and the CrescentJesus and Muhammad could hardly have been more different in how they lived or in what they taught others. Why should we not expect starkly contrasting legacies - from the conduct of their closest companions to the livability of modern-day countries influenced by the predominance of one founder's teachings over the other?

  • The People of Israel, the Holy Land and the Koran

    The Qur'anSince there are a number of passages in the Koran stating that God has given the Holy Land to the Sons of Israel, there can be no religious justification for radical Islamic opposition to the Jewish presence in this land.

  • Violence in the Quran and the Hadith

    The Muslim Brotherhood

    The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Quran.

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