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Membership in Catholic, Muslim communities surges in Norway

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's official statistics agency says the country's Roman Catholic and Muslim communities have added tens of thousands of members in recent years while the state Lutheran Church is declining.
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Manhunt in France after killing at religious residence

PARIS (AP) — French police searched Friday for a masked gunman suspected of stabbing an elderly woman to death in a retirement home for Catholic missionaries in southern France, authorities said....
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Iranian Cultural Official Meets with Pope Francis

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Head of Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization Abuzar Ebrahimi Torkaman on Wednesday met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. ...
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Israeli Settlers Claim Muslim Call to Prayer is Noise Pollution

A number of Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Pisgat Zeev protested in front of the house of Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barakat this morning complaining of “noise pollution” caused by the Muslim call to prayer....
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Israel fines Palestinian Imam for making the call to prayer by loudspeaker

Authorities in Lod imposed a fine on a Palestinian Imam for using a loudspeaker to make the call to prayer....
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Westerners among Millions of Pilgrims Marching toward Karbala to Mark Arbaeen

NAJAF (Tasnim) – Millions of pilgrims, including many from western countries, are marching toward the holy shrine of the third Shiite Imam, Imam Hussein (AS), in the Iraqi city of Karbala, to take part in the upcoming Arbaeen commemorations. ...
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Israeli bid to turn down mosque prayer calls blocked

Jerusalem (AFP) - A government-backed Israeli bill to limit the volume of calls to prayer at mosques has been blocked by an unlikely source -- the country's ultra-Orthodox Jews....
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Turkey rebuilds 9 mosques in Palestine’s Gaza Strip

Anadolu Agency – Turkey’s Religious Affairs Presidency Foundation has rebuilt nine mosques destroyed during Israel’s military onslaught on the blockaded Gaza Strip in 2014, an official statement said on Tuesday....
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Germany bans Islamist 'True Religion' group, raiding mosques and flats

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police launched dawn raids across Germany on Tuesday on about 190 mosques, flats and offices linked to an Islamist group after the government banned the organization, accusing it of radicalizing youngsters....
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Millions of Muslims marching to Karbala for Arba’een

Millions of Muslims have been marching toward the shrine of the Third Shia Imam, Imam Hossein (PBUH), in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala, to mark the 40th day to follow the anniversary of his martyrdom back in the seventh century....
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