» 02/12/2007, 00.00
Filipino muftis write year of sermons to counter Muslim terrorism
A group of Muslim leaders from the south of the country have written 55 sermons that will be read throughout the coming year “to counter the lies of those who barely know the Koran.”
Mindanao: Muslim leader calls for end to violence
Ustadz Omar Pasigan, spiritual leader of Muslims in the southern archipelago, recalled that it was forbidden for Muslim followers to kill without reason, even if the target was an unbeliever. He urged rebels to go for peace talks with Manila.
Manila: Muslims moderates launch appeal for peace, interfaith dialogue
The second International Conference of Muslim Leaders starts today as part of the ASEAN summit, aiming to give a voice to the peaceful but silent Muslim majority.
Mindanao: government and Islamic rebels close to a definitive peace deal
The talks between Manila and the delegates of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are underway in these days in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The signing of a memorandum of understanding is expected, focused on the fundamental rights guaranteed by the new autonomous entity in Mindanao. A Claretian missionary confirms both sides' desire to work for the good of the entire population composed of Christians, Muslims and indigenous Lumads.
Manila: Muslim MP urges understanding, not criticism, of pope
Faysah RPM Dumarpa, elected in the district of Lanao del Sur, has encouraged the global Muslim community to understand the pontiff's words in Regensburg and to celebrate Ramadan in peace and understanding.
Catholic missionary in Mindanao missing, perhaps kidnapped
Fr Lucio Bola, Scalabrian missionary, returned home to Mindanao for the Christmas holidays. He has been missing since 31 December. Police are investigating and say there is no proof of kidnapping yet. Should the priest be in captivity, a spokesman for Cagayan De Oro archdiocese has offered to act as mediator to secure his release.
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