Hajj Stampede News
Annual Pilgrimage Begins in Saudi Arabia a Year After Deadly Stampede
Some two million Muslims from around the globe began the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The five-day pilgrimage is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Pilgrims are encircling Islam 's most sacred site, the cube-shaped Kabaa in the holy city of Mecca, amid
Pope Francis Offers Prayers for Muslim Pilgrims Who Died During Hajj: 'I Unite Myself With You All'
As Pope Francis spoke at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York this evening, he offers prayers for the hundreds of Muslim pilgrims killed today during Hajj. "I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters," he said. "My sentiments of closeness in the face of tragedy.
Stampede at Hajj Kills More Than 700 People, Officials Say
At least 717 people died today and 863 were injured in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca, the Saudi Civil Defense Agency confirms, making it one of the deadliest incidents occurring during the annual hajj pilgrimage. A senior State Department official said they were not aware of any Americans
Hundreds of Pilgrims Killed in Hajj Stampede
The deadly stampede occurred on the outskirts of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca.