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Located in the Paraíso (Portuguese for paradise) neighborhood in the heart of South America’s largest city and steps from its busiest thoroughfare, Paulista Avenue, the imposing Byzantine–style cathedral seems an unlikely landmark.

Yet, the cathedral and the Arab parishioners who built it have defined Paraíso since the 1940’s when construction began. By then, many of São Paulo’s Arab Christian immigrant families were living in the working–class neighborhood. In subsequent decades, the Arab community steadily grew, at times in sudden bursts, when emigrants fled conflict in Lebanon, Syria or elsewhere in the Middle East in search of a better life in the New World. Hearing about the opportunities in Brazil — often from relatives or friends already in Paraíso — São Paulo quickly became a preferred destination.

Today, the cathedral serves as the seat of the bishop of Our Lady of Paradise in São Paulo, spiritual home to an estimated 400,000 people — the largest Melkite Greek community not only in the Americas but in the world.”

More, from One: http://www.cnewa.org/default.aspx?ID=3557&pagetypeID=4&sitecode=HQ&pageno=1

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A Survey on Inequality

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This is brilliant:

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News that Muslim students at Catholic University were demanding removal of crucifixes and other Catholic symbols so that they could pray fueled much anti-Islamic rhetoric in the blogosphere. Turns out that Muslim students actually have no problem, and that this is a manufactured controversy:

‘Al Hashem said that part of her decision to attend the University was because she had a strong desire to be at a place that took religion seriously, no matter which religion that was.

“I chose to attend CUA because it is a religious school,” she said.  “I didn’t really care what religion it belonged to. As long as God is present in their everyday life, then it is fine with me.”

She said that one of her favorite parts of the University is the beautiful Catholic symbols which are displayed all over campus.

Both Al Hashem and Al Salmi said that they were surprised that this issue has gotten so much national attention and that the facts about how Muslims feel about the University have been so erroneous.’

More: http://www.cuatower.com/news/2011/11/04/muslim-students-criticize-banzhafs-legal-action/

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Great New Movie!

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