The Vatican has published a message from Pope Francis to the world’s Muslims for Ramadan’s conclusion in which he calls muslims and christians to “promoting mutual respect through education”. Saying respect is a mutual “process” of kindness, Pope Francis invited Muslims and Christians to respect each person “first of all his life, his physical integrity, his dignity and the rights deriving from that dignity, his reputation, his property, his ethnic and cultural identity, his ideas and his political choices.”

  Egypt: Sectarian Attacks Amid Political Crisis | Human Rights Watch. Summary: (New York) – Egyptian Christians have been targeted in several attacks since the military’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsy. The authorities should urgently investigate the attacks, hold the perpetrators to account, and determine whether the police could have prevented or stopped the violence. […]

Iraq’s summer of terror – Features – Al Jazeera English. Summary: Baghdad, Iraq – Summer in Iraq has become a season of terror.  Five years after pulling itself out of civil war, the country is again mired in a relentless series of bombings, political assassinations and sectarian attacks that have stalled progress many Iraqis hoped they would achieve. […]