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Malaysian Christians and Muslims divided amid overtures, fears and suspicions
For Fr Lawrence Andrew, editor of Malaysia’s only weekly paper, "The Church is working hard to reach out to Muslims, and the result is the meeting between our archbishop and the mufti." In the wake of the Jakarta attacks, the “fear of Islamisation” is growing.
Taoist statue deemed “offensive” to Islam raises new controversy over religious freedom
After local authorities approved Mazu statue two years ago, state government halts construction of the goddess of the sea. In July state mufti declared the statue was “offensive” because too close to a mosque. Political opposition and Chinese community protest. The incident is the latest in a string of cases that threaten inter-faith harmony.
03/03/2016 14:07:00 MALAYSIA
Meeting between Bishop of Penang and Mufti breaks hatred built up over the years
It is the second face-to-face meeting between two Christian and Muslim leaders in two months. Father Lawrence Andrew: "The Church is working hard to reach out to our Muslim brothers, as does Pope Francis. But many unresolved issues remain, such as the conversion of mixed couples children".
Christian cricketer converts to Islam
Sportsman publicly urges his former co-religionists to follow his example. Anger and pain prevail in the country's Christian community. Archbishop of Lahore tells AsiaNews that his invitation to convert is a "true sin".
24/10/2005 ISLAM - EGYPT
"Forget violence, foreign to our heritage," say Coptic and Muslim leaders
In a joint statement, the Grand Muftì of Egypt and Pope Shenouda III condemned Saturday's violence outside the Church of St George. Dialogue and understanding are the "weapons to defeat division and rancour".
For Sepang Muslim MP, Catholic rights violated in Allah controversy
Mohamed Hanipa Maidin demands justice for ‘The Herald’ and Malaysia’s Christian community, which has been under attack for some time. The decision to turn down a request for leave to appeal is against the Constitution because the case touches the public interest and raises an important constitutional question. Wondering about the “actual meaning of religious freedom" in Malaysia, he reiterated that Catholics did not violate any rule or principle.
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