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Mortars Fired at Shiite Pilgrims
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
12 Dec 2014

December 12, 2014
Karbala, Iraq

Approximately 20 mortars were dropped on the night of Thursday, December 11, 2014, in inhabited areas in the west neighborhoods of Karbala.
According to eye witnesses, the mortars were fired from the border of al-Hizam al-Akhdar area, using a mobile platform placed in the back of a pickup truck, and landed two kilometers from the holy shrines in the center of Karbala.
The same local source claimed that the shelling caused at least one death and 20 injuries, including children, and damaged some homes.

The attack comes as millions of Shiites from all over the world head to holy shrines in Karbala to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. This is a religious tradition Shiite Muslims have been observing for over 1300 years.

Trancription:

Um Nour (Woman, Arabic):

"His brother is in the hospital, and their younger son is in the hospital. He is the only one who died. Nobody else died."

Interviewer: What happened yesterday?

"A mortar hit, it was dropped in their backyard, go check it out. It was big to the extent that our stuff fell on the ground."

Um Hussein (Woman, Arabic):

"Yesterday at 11:30pm, a missile was dropped on their house. They have five children and they are all young. The youngest is one year and a half old. They were great people, we have been their neighbors for 20 years."

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Pilgrimage
Chalkidiki, Makedonien
By Ralf Falbe
10 Oct 2014

Greece, Chalkidiki, Mount Athos, Safni, 10.10.2014, Orthodox monks on pilgrimage at the holy Mount Athos.

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Eastern Orthodox Monks
Mount Athos
By Ralf Falbe
08 Oct 2014

Historic photograph of Eastern Orthodox monks in a monastery at Mount Athos, Chalkidiki, Greece. Dated 1920-1940

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Holy Week in Brazil (29 of 29)
Aparecida, Brasil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (28 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (27 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (26 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (24 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (23 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (22 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (21 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (19 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (16 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (15 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The faithful accompany the procession that tells the story of the last days of Jesus

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (14 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The hall of candles where the faithful light candles and pray.

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (13 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The hall of candles where the faithful light candles and pray.

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (12 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The hall of candles where the faithful light candles and pray.

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (11 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The hall of candles where the faithful light candles and pray.

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (10 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The hall of candles where the faithful light candles and pray

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (9 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The hall of candles where the faithful light candles and pray.

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (8 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The hall of miracles where objects such as knives, toys, weapons, and all kinds of gifts appear as a form of devotion. Heads, legs and arms are wax on the walls.

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (7 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

The hall of miracles where objects such as knives, toys, weapons, and all kinds of gifts appear as a form of devotion. Heads, legs and arms are wax on the walls.

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (6 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

Hall of miracles where objects such as knives, toys, weapons, and all kinds of gifts appear as a form of devotion. Heads, legs and arms are wax on the walls.

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (5 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

Hall of miracles. The ceiling is decorated with photographs of the faithful.

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (4 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (3 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

In the hall of miracles, objects such as knives, toys, weapons, and all kinds of gifts appear as a form of devotion. Heads, legs and arms are wax on the walls

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (2 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

Hall of candles. Where the faithful come to light candles and pray - Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week in Brazil (1 of 29)
Aparecida, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
29 Mar 2013

Only today, 41 thousand pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. Statements of faith and love for Christ marked the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine on Friday morning. Hundreds of faithful followers and pilgrims came to spend the most important week of the year in the House of Mother Aparecida and the day the Church remembers and relives the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Holy Week In Brazil
Aparecida, Brazil
By U.S. Editor
29 Mar 2013

On a single day, 41 000 pilgrims are expected at the Shrine of Aparecida. On Friday morning, the Way of the Cross celebration at the National Shrine was marked by messages of faith and love for Christ. Hundreds of faithful followers came to spend the most important week of the Christian calendar in the House of Mother Aparecida, in order to collectively remember and relive the death and rising of Jesus Christ.

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The Pilgrimage (14 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
31 Dec 2012

A pilgrim returns to the camp near Lalibela's rock churches. Thousands of the pious will sleep on the fields in anticipation for the upcoming Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas celebration. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (13 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
30 Dec 2012

An Ethiopian Orthodox Christian priest greets pilgrims as they descend upon Bet Giyorgis, the iconic cross-shaped church. The church, along with 10 other rock churches, make up Lalibela's pilgrimage site. Inside each church is a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, which is viewed only by the priests and deacons. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (22 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
30 Dec 2012

A group of young Ethiopian Orthodox Christians read from a bible during a morning prayer service at one of Lalibela's holy rock churches. Pilgrims flock to the area for the Orthodox Christmas celebrations. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (15 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

A pilgrim enters one of Lalibela's rock churches. Hewn from the mountain, these churches were originally built below ground to evade detection. Called the 'Petra of Africa' due to its striking similarity to Jordan's Petra complex, this site relatively unknown (outside of Ethiopia) draws thousands of pilgrims each year for the Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas celebration. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (6 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

Narrow tunnels underneath the churches and within the mountain connect the churches, and as the number of pilgrims swell dramatically with Christmas approaching, the passages become an increasingly tight traverse. Stories of long treks echo off the cool stone, with one pilgrim sharing a story of his group's barefoot journey of more than 8 days in order to reach Lalibela. As so many villages are within reach, more than 60,000 pilgrims descend on the churches each Christmas. Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (1 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

Pilgrims make their way through a key-hole opening in the rock churches of Lalibela during an annual voyage for Orthodox Christmas. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, in the small town of Lalibela, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (11 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

An Ethiopian Orthodox priest awaits pilgrims in one of Lalibela's 12 stone churches. Pilgrims flock to the holy city each year for Christmas. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By U.S. Editor
29 Dec 2012

Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, in the small town of Lalibela, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Wrapped in shrouds of early morning mist and cotton, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians stand in prayer at the edge of the rock church carved to resemble, what some believe is, Jerusalem. Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity is one of the only indigenous, pre-colonial Christian churches in Sub-Saharan Africa and still maintains its ancient rituals.

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International Campaign in Support of ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
09 May 2012

Cairo, Egypt | May 9, 2012

The General Congress for the Support of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) launched on Wednesday, May 9. The international campaign dedicated to lifting the blockade on the Holy City was held at the Journalists Syndicate headquarters in Cairo.

Representatives of Egypt's Al-Azhar, the Arab League, the Egyptian Parliament, and the National Council for Human Rights, in addition to other prominent Egyptian and Palestinian figures were in attendance at the conference.

For his part, Ghazi Fakhri, member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) said that the campaign depends on the Arabs and Muslims, stressing that Al-Quds is being subjected to a process of Judaization, and that the campaign is the first step to the liberation of the city.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ghazi Fakhri, Member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC):
"Al-Quds is subjected to the Zionist policy of Judaization. The Al-Quds that you have known in the past is not the same today in terms of inhabitants, identity and inviolability. Al-Quds has been smeared by those who tread with their shoes on our Christian and Islamic holy shrines."

Representative of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Mustafa Mohammad Suleiman, highlighted the significance of Al-Aqsa Mosque as the second of the two holiest mosques in the Muslim world, calling on all Arabs, Muslims and Christians to work together to liberate Al-Quds and return it to the Palestinians.
Mounir Hanna, archbishop of the Episcopal Church in Al-Quds and the Middle East, said that the conflict to dominate the city has always been politically motivated throughout history.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Sheikh Mustafa Mohammad Suleiman, Al-Azhar representative:
"We are always ready to defend Al-Quds, and go to it to raise the banner of right, there. The Muslim nation, the Arab nation and the Christian nations all must work together to return Al-Quds to its people."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Mounir Hanna, archbishop of the Episcopal Church in Al-Quds and the Middle East:
"Throughout ages, the conflict to dominate and control the city of Al-Quds has always been political."

The participants discussed ways to support the campaign, and to provide it with a means of success. They agreed that there must be a practical plan to support the liberation of Al-Quds, or it would turn to a fully Jewish settlement in time.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 9, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 9, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of the conference to launch the international campaign to lift the blockade on Al-Quds
2- Various shots of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque
3- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Ghazi Fakhri, Member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC):
"Al-Quds is subjected to the Zionist policy of Judaization. Al-Quds that you have known in the past is not the same today in terms of inhabitants, identity and inviolability. Al-Quds has been smeared by those who tread with their shoes on our Christian and Islamic holy shrines."
4- Various shots of the conference, the speakers and the attendees
5- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Sheikh Mustafa Mohammad Suleiman, Al-Azhar representative:
"We are always ready to defend Al-Quds and go to it to raise the banner of right there. The Muslim nation, the Arab nation and the Christian nations all must work together to return Al-Quds to its people." 6- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Mounir Hanna, archbishop of the Episcopal Church in Al-Quds and the Middle East:
"Throughout ages, the conflict to dominate and control the city of Al-Quds has always been political." 7- Various shots of the conference, the speakers and the attendees

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Moulid of Tanta
Tanta, Egypt
By David
27 Oct 2010

Sheikhs and leaders of Sufi Tariqs share holy oils with pilgrims in the Seyyid Badawi Mosque.

The festival of Seyyid Badawi is one of the largest annual gatherings in Egypt drawing pilgrims from around the middle east to almost double the size of the small Nile delta town.

The week-long celebration encompases the birthday of Sufi Saint Seyyid Badawi, celebration of the harvest, and a carnival atmosphere.

The Shaykh Ahmad Al-Badawī was a Muslim saint and founder of the Badawiyyah Sufi order who died in Tanta, Egypt in 1276 AD. Sufi Orders set up tents where their adherents can gather and listen to religious singers and join in group dances.

Moulid festivals are common across the Muslim world however, because of their Sufi and traditional origins some conservative sects consider them idolatrous.