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Rafiq A. Tschannen

Rafiq A. Tschannen is a Swiss national. He converted to Islam and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the age of 16 after reading the German translation of the Holy Qur'an. He worked in 15 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, first as Finance Director in the private industry and later as Chief Executive Officer of NGOs and International Governmental Organizations. He is now devoting his time to The Muslim Times as Editor for Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Switzerland and as Associate Chief Editor.


  Pope Benedict XVI to step aside on Feb. 28, Vatican says pope announces he will step down on February 28 because of his failing health. TODAY’s Matt Lauer speaks with NBC’s Claudio Lavanga in Rome, who says the resignation “came as a shock,” and George Weigel, NBC […]

Some reactions to the Pope’s resignation …

From The Guardian: Kate Hodal reports from the Philippines, the largest Catholic country in Asia, with roughly 76 million predominantly Roman Catholic followers (others are Aglipayan Catholics): The church is a huge but increasingly divisive force in the nation, a place where some 7 million Roman Catholics came out […]