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Malaysian Prime Minister's visit to the Pope launches diplomatic relations
Together with Prime Minister Razak, his wife, Muslim representatives and the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur. Importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue stressed. In Muslim majority Malaysia, there are injustices against the Indian and Chinese ethnic groups and toward Christians and Hindus. The controversy on the use of the word Allah. The issue of human rights and "clean" elections after the demonstration on Bersih 2, in which the government arrested 1600 people.
03/11/2008 VATICAN - ISLAM
Christians and Muslims: resuming dialogue, thanks to the pope
For two days, from November 4-6, Islamic and Catholic experts are meeting at the Vatican, after years of chilly relations due to the growth of fundamentalism. Everything has now resumed, thanks to the address of Benedict XVI in Regensburg, where he affirmed that religion embraces reason and excludes violence. The most urgent theme: religious freedom, so that every community may be guaranteed the right to proclaim and spread its faith.
Diplomatic relations established between the Holy See and Malaysia
The official announcement issued today follows the visit by the Prime Minister Najib bin Abdul Razak on July 18. Catholics are about 3% of the population in this country.
19/02/2009 VIETNAM - VATICAN
Talks between Vatican and Hanoi a "basis for further progress"
This is the view expressed by Monsignor Pietro Parolin. Full respect for religious freedom seems to remain the central issue for relations between the Holy See and the Vietnamese government. According to some analysts, the government is continuing the talks only in order to show the international community a facade of respect for human rights.
05/05/2008 VIETNAM – VATICAN
Hanoi waiting for Vatican delegation in the “near future”
Diplomatic relations would benefit both Vietnam, which is opening up to the world, and the Holy See, which could address issues like religious freedom and fundamental human rights.
50 years on from independence,” unity” remains a dream for Malaysia.
Festive celebrations in Kuala Lumpur to mark the country’s independence from Great Britain. The government focus on economic progress and national unity. But discriminating politics in the country against ethnic and religious minorities and the rise of conservative Islam threat growth and social harmony as well as the secular Constitution. The bishops Conference warns against “the erosion of fundamental rights” and invites Catholic to “promote dialogue”.
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