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Egyptian Christians, Muslims share Ramadan meals despite Islamist violence

CAIRO (Reuters) - In a display of communal solidarity defying the sectarian violence of Islamist militants, Egyptian Christians in Cairo organize daily meals for Muslim neighbors who must fast from dawn to dusk during their holy month of Ramadan.
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Ladies First! Norwegian Capital to Boast Taboo-Breaking Feminist Mosque

While your garden-variety Islam is known for being conservative and holds patriarchal values in high esteem, there is always room for reform. In a planned "feminist" mosque in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo, men and women will be allowed to pray in the same room, with female priests leading the prayer....
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Finsbury Park mosque attack: Imam protected van driver from being beaten up by angry worshippers

...He is said to have told the gathering crowd: “Do not touch him.”...The imam was hailed as the “hero of the day” by Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, outside which the attack took place.......
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A Mayor in France Wants to Ban H&M Workers From Wearing Hijabs

... The 72-year-old said that he has been receiving complaints from local customers who feel the women wearing hijabs are breaking the secularity laws.......
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India landslide strands 13,000 pilgrims near Hindu site

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A landslide caused by pre-monsoon rains stranded about 13,000 Indian pilgrims near a revered Hindu temple site in a mountainous area of northern India on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, said Amit Chandola, a spokesman for the state government of Uttarakhand....
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Christian sect members attack Congo prison, free leader: government

Supporters of a jailed Christian sect leader on Wednesday attacked the prison in the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo where he was being held, freeing him and about 50 other inmates, the government said....
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Pope canoness Fatima visionaries, giving Church new children

Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church two of its youngest saints on Saturday, canonizing shepherd siblings believed to have seen the Madonna 100 years ago in a Portuguese town that is now a major pilgrimage site....
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Pastor of Charlotte’s St. Matthew, America’s largest Catholic parish, to retire

Monsignor John McSweeney, who heads the largest Catholic parish in the United States, announced Friday he will retire as pastor of Charlotte’s St. Matthew Catholic Church on July 18. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/religion/article150213702.html?ref=yfp#storylink=cpy...
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Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths from the organization as part of an effort to start its own scouting-like program....
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Egypt Azhar university head replaced after 'apostasy' remarks

Cairo (AFP) - The head of Egypt's Al-Azhar university, one of the world's leading Islamic seats of learning, has been replaced after labelling a controversial Muslim reformer an apostate, the institution said....
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