Mabda Report 24/03/13

World Interfaith and Harmony Week Prize Announcement

Judges received 64 applications for the prize from the 363 events held in total. They were highly appreciative of all the efforts of all those who held events and applied for the prize. They wish they could reward all, but could not, and are consoled the fact that good deeds are their own reward so that everyone who held an event—whether they applied for the prize or not—is a true winner.

Thousands mourn slain cleric in Damascus

Dr Mohammed Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti, a longtime supporter of President Bashar al-Assad and Imam of Damascus' historic Ummayyad Mosque, was killed in the explosion in the Iman Mosque in the central Mezzeh district.

"The number of those martyred in the terrorist suicide attack in the Iman Mosque rises to 42 martyrs with 84 injured," a bulletin on state television said, citing the country's health ministry.

Syrian TV said among those killed were Bouti's grandson.

Television footage showed wounded people and bodies with severed limbs on the bloodstained floor of the mosque.

Pope Calls for Islam Dialogue

In a bid to restore relations with the Muslim world, Pope Francis has urged the West to intensify interfaith dialogue with Islam to build bridges connecting all people across the globe.

"In this work (peace building), the role of religion is fundamental," Pope Francis told diplomats accredited to the Vatican on Friday, March 22.