In his earliest days as head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis declared that he would make outreach to Muslims a priority. “It is not possible to establish true links with God while ignoring other people,” he said, “Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of … Continue reading Lessons from Pope Francis’ outreach to Muslims
This summer, we've seen a string of anti-Muslim incidents across the country. Many of them — including several brutal attacks of Muslim individuals outside of their houses of worship — occurred during Ramadan, Muslim's holy month. Amid these concerning events, I've written and spoken about Islamophobia and how it is a threat to American Muslim's religious … Continue reading Islamophobia is a religious freedom issue Catholics should prioritize
The following article was originally published in Living City, the magazine of the Focolare movement. Their March issue is focused on Islamophobia and interfaith issues. I hope to see more Catholic publications dedicate articles or entire issues to these important topics. I hope this article can be a resource for parishes, churches, and related groups. Please share … Continue reading How can Christians respond to Islamophobia?
Earlier in December, I published the following piece in National Catholic Reporter. It speaks about the centrality of mercy in the Islamic tradition, something that is unknown by many in the West. During this time of increased Islamophobia — when anti-Muslim rhetoric and attacks against Muslims are at a post-9/11 high — it's ever more important to become … Continue reading 2016 Is a Time to Learn about Islam’s Mercy
Five things to do when an anti-Muslim rally comes to town.