Religion

Religion

Philadelphia Muslims make a statement with opening of first purpose-built mosque

Ever since 9/11, American Muslims have struggled with whether they should stay under the radar or assert their identity. Despite the discrimination that has risen to the surface since that terrible day, their ranks in the U.S. have grown substantially, and there are twice as many mosques operating today as there were in 2000. Yet the majority of those new sanctuaries have burrowed into existing buildings – former churches, synagogues, movie theaters, and storefronts.

Students line up to have their pets blessed in Bluffton

Wednesday’s blessing at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School was held in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals.