Virginia Barton

6 October 2017: The Beacon

6 October 2017


It can seem a bleak old world whichever way you look at it. “Round up the usual suspects” and it’s enough to depress the  cheeriest of optimists: war, famine, pestilence — climate change. (You can add a few more to fit your mood.)


Remarkable things do happen, and here is an instance.


A friend of nearly sixty years has told me of a beacon of hope in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. The beautiful Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed mosque (right) has recently been re-named: “Mariam Umm Eissa” mosque. That translates as the “Mary Mother of Jesus” mosque.


Amazingly, it is next door to the Catholic Cathedral of St Joseph (left); and not far from the Anglican parish Church of St Andrew and the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.


If that doesn’t give you pause to think and cheer up, I can’t think what would.






  • Jack L says on: October 6, 2017 at 2:04 am


    A hearty “Amen,” Ginny. How reassuring and hopeful. Thank you.

    • Ginny says on: October 6, 2017 at 11:54 am


      Thanks for that Jack; do look up more pictures of the two buildings. And then go on to find a picture of St Anthony’s Coptic Cathedral with a description of the lively and growing community! Ginny

  • Nadine says on: October 6, 2017 at 8:03 am


    That’s amazing… glory be !

  • Coal-Filled Wellies says on: October 6, 2017 at 8:06 am


    Amen indeed.

    • Ginny says on: October 7, 2017 at 11:35 am


      I find it amazing too, Nadine and Wellies; and it speaks well for the rulers in UAE, and the many worshippers and priests who pray there. Ginny

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