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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Islamic Outreach, Part LXXIII

From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."

Meanwhile...from AFP:

Unidentified assailants set ablaze one of the few churches in Yemen's second city Aden on Wednesday, a day after it had been damaged by vandals, witnesses said. The masked arsonists torched St. Joseph, a Roman Catholic church in the central Crater neighbourhood of the port city. A security official said the attackers could be militants of Al-Qaeda. "The church is in flames," resident Moetaz al-Maysour told AFP, adding that "masked men started the fire."

Yemen's population is 99 percent Muslim.

Of the 22 churches that operated in Aden when the city was a British colony before 1967, only a few remain open, used rarely by foreign workers and African refugees. Al-Qaeda militants have been accused of several attacks since pro-government forces pushed Iran-backed rebels out of the battle-scarred city in July with support from a Saudi-led coalition. The extremists network's Yemen branch, regarded by Washington as its deadliest, has exploited the fighting to boost its presence in swathes of the south and east.