Monday, 24 December 2018
Filing past a 16-metre (52-ft) Christmas tree in Manger Square, visitors from all over the world made a Christmas Eve pilgrimage to Bethlehem, the town revered as the birthplace of Jesus. The Palestinian town in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is enjoying its busiest Christmas in years, with hotels nearly fully booked and the security situation relatively calm. Lines of pilgrims squeezed through a narrow sandstone entrance to the Church of the Nativity to visit the grotto where Christian ...
Sunday, 23 December 2018
Jesus, or Isa as he is known in Arabic, is mentioned often in the Quran and is revered
Monday, 3 December 2018
Israeli researchers say an inscription on an ancient ring discovered near Jerusalem may include the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman official who Biblical accounts say sentenced Jesus to death. It would be a rare example still in existence of an inscription with the name of the man believed to have sent Jesus to his crucifixion. The researchers recently announced their analysis of the inscription on the ring — which was actually found some 50 years ago — in Israel Exploration ...
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Christians in Dubai marked Easter by attending the first mass of the holiday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Tanios Geagea had held the mass for the Arab Christian community in Dubai. For Catholics and Orthodox Christians, who make up the first and second largest Christian denominations, Easter is the final and most important day of Holy Week, which marks Christ’s final week on earth. The week is usually spent with special prayers, fasting and devotion.
Saturday, 6 January 2018
Pope Francis is advising against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one's whole life.Francis said during a homily on Saturday to mark Epiphany that people “often make do” with having “health, a little money and a bit of entertainment.”He urged helping the poor and other needy communities instead, while giving freely without expecting anything in return.Most Christian religions observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to ...
Saturday, 17 June 2017
During the month of Ramadan, Al Arabiya English is publishing a series of profiles on prominent historical figures in Islamic history.Maryam -- may peace be upon her -- is the only woman with a chapter named after her in the Holy Quran. In the Islamic faith, Muslims believe that God purified Maryam, and chose her above all women in the world, to give her the good tidings of a pure son, Prophet Jesus.“And [mention] when the angels said, “O Maryam, indeed Allah has chosen you and ...
Sunday, 8 January 2017
At some stages of the journey, they are said to have commuted via dinghies to sail up the Nile to reach Mount Koskam
Sunday, 25 December 2016
Monday, 13 July 2015
The UNESCO decision also raised eyebrows among some scholars
Saturday, 14 March 2015
“The victims are ‘too Christian’ to excite the Left, and ‘too foreign’ to excite the Right.” - Regis Debray In the multiple wars and conflicts raging in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, a particularly vicious war is intensifying against the descendants of the first Christian communities that made the Fertile Crescent and Egypt their homes. The world is watching helplessly and silently the disappearance of the oldest living churches - as if their long history of enduring ...
The Front Altair was on fire in waters between Gulf Arab states and Iran after an explosion that a source blamed on a magnetic mine. The crew of the Norwegian vessel were picked up by a vessel in the area and passed to an Iranian rescue boat. (ISNA/Handout via Reuters)
A member of Manbij Military Council gestures at a car in Manbij city, Syria, December 29, 2018. Some 20 miles from the Turkish border, Manbij occupies a critical spot in the map of the Syrian conflict, near the junction of three separate blocks of territory that form spheres of Russian, Turkish and - for now - US influence. (Reuters)
People stand near the civil administration building of Manbij city, December 29, 2018. ISIS was dislodged from Manbij in 2016 by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a militia force spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG and backed by the US-led coalition. (Reuters)