This year’s Islamic New Year’s is celebrated on September 12th, the first month of the Muharram calendar, (المحرم in Arabic), and one of the four holy months of the year. According to some, this feast celebrates the passing of Moses as he fled from Pharoah through the Red Sea. Others say that Adam and Eve, Heaven and hell and life and death were created on the tenth day of Muharram. This feast is celebrated in different parts of the Sunni world, such as North Africa where it has a particularly joyous character. The Shiites fast during the first ten days of Muharram; whereas for the Shunni, it is a voluntary fast as it is for Ramadan.
After working hard alongside others in preparing and carrying out Pope Francis’s visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, the local Focolare communities are now getting ready to focus their efforts on putting his message into practice.[more]
For Muslims, May 26 signals the start of the Sacred Month of Ramadan. It is the ninth month of the Islamic year and the most important. It is a sacred time during which the revelation of the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad is commemorated and through fasting (the fourth pillar of the Muslim faith), a […][more]
20 years after the massacre of the “monks of Tibhirine” and Bishop Claverie. The memories of Giorgio Antoniazzi, one of the focolarini men who was their friend for many years in Tlemcen. The common choice of remaining faithful to the Gospel.[more]