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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.

The Vatican’s woes God’s bankers A beleaguered papacy is embroiled in intrigue. Some scent a succession struggle

Source: The Economist: God’s bankers   FEW things annoy Vatican officials more than lurid novels that depict the papacy as the secretive heart of a global conspiracy. Pope Benedict XVI’s most senior official, his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, this month accused journalists of trying to imitate the American […]

President Ernest Bai Koroma commends the Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone for exemplifying Islamic values for education, peace and tolerance since its establishment

Source: SLBC President Ernest Bai Koroma has commended the Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone for exemplifying Islamic values for education, peace and tolerance since its establishment. President Koroma was speaking at the fifty second Jalsa Salana Annual conference of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone. Ref:

POPE BENEDICT XVI TO STEP ASIDE: VATICAN

  Pope Benedict XVI to step aside on Feb. 28, Vatican says   http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39788177?launch=50768156&csid=NBC_World_Blog&PG=MSVNA3&BTS=MSVNMB&height=429&width=600The 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: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/11/pope-resigns-live-reaction 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 […]