31 August 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 03/03/2016, 14.07

    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".

    Penang (AsiaNews) - These meetings "increase the inter-religious dialogue and break down the hatred and suspicion that there has been for many years, even if they have not the power to change things in the everyday life of Christians . This will take a long time", says Father Lawrence Andrew, SJ, director of the Catholic weekly The Herald, commenting on the importance of the meeting March 1 between the Bishop of Penang and the local mufti Datuk Dr Wan Mohd Noor Salim.

    "It is to bring peace to the people” - explains Fr. Andrew . “The Catholic Church is saying to Muslims: 'We are brothers, we are friends'. It's what always makes Pope Francis when he meets leaders of other religions. "
    That encounter was the second meeting between Catholic and Muslim leaders in two months, after the face-to-face meeting on January 8 between the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur and the mufti of the Federal Territories, which paved the way for a new season of dialogue between the two religions. In previous years, the Islamic leaders had refused to meet with other denominations, as they considered Islam to be on another level, given that it is the religion.

    As reported by the local newspaper The Star, the topics of conversation between Msgr. Francis and the Mufti Wan Salim were the relationship between sharia and civil law and the common concern over Islamist-inspired terrorism: "We spoke - said Wan Salim - about the lack of a common platform to discuss the legislative measures taken by the civil and sharia courts. We also treated the matter that concerns the children of a Muslim father and a non-Muslim. " Lately in Malaysia the episode of a Hindu mother, married to a Muslim, has made headlines. She was denied custody of the children after her husband abandoned them. At birth, the children of mixed couples are in fact automatically registered as Muslims.

    "We are here to build bridges between the two faiths - said Msgr. Francis - and there are many things on which we agree, as there are many issues that must be considered. They will be addressed in due course ".
    On the problem of the children of mixed couples belonging to Islam, Fr. Andrew believes that it is "a much broader problem. It's a family affair that has turned into a national debate, and I believe that nobody at the moment has a clear view of the possible solution".

    "What is certain - he continued - is that in recent times all the bishops are working to meet the mufti of the various provinces, together to build better relations between Muslims and Christians, and to begin to see themselves as friends and not as enemies. The Church is working hard on this".

    In February, the Commission for Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur (Asayo) held a seminar together with its Islamic counterpart, the Movement for young Malaysians (Abim).

     

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    26/10/2004 INDONESIA
    Despite wall demolition, tensions remain high at the St Bernadette-Sang Timur School compound

    Former President Abdurrahman Wahid urges people to engage in dialogue. Catholic authorities refrain from comments because of tense situation.



    23/09/2005 JORDAN
    Inter-faith dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims against consumerism and fundamentalism
    Mixed schools and marriages favour better understanding of other religions. But respect for human rights and religious freedom is necessary.

    13/08/2010 MALAYSIA
    Two Muslim youths sentenced over Church fire
    In January, the Metro Tabernacle Church was attacked with stones and fire bombs. Now two young men have been sentenced to five years. The court also wanted to give a warning against interfaith attacks that exploded at that time.

    26/07/2006 MALAYSIA
    Malaysian PM wants an end to inter-faith discussions because they cause tensions
    Badawi speaks about the concerns of his party, which has always favoured pro-Islam policies. Recent multi-faith forums had raised questions about problems relating to conversions to Islam.

    04/01/2007 PHILIPPINES
    Christians and Muslims working together for peace in Mindanao
    The two communities show great serenity and spirit of collaboration during Christmas and Ramadan. Religious authorities express hope that this atmosphere of cooperation can continue and that a peace accord can be reached between government and Muslim rebels.



    Editor's choices

    BANGLADESH
    "I, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, rejected by family and society"

    Ismail Jaffar

    Speaking to AsiaNews, Anil Gomes (not his real name for security reasons) explains that he converted to Christianity after reading a passage from the New Testament. Since then he has lost every job. His body shows the wounds from assaults and murder attempts. "I cannot maintain my family. Pray for me".


    CHINA - VATICAN
    Rethinking China-Vatican accords (with a touch of irony)

    Il prete eremita del Nord (华北的山人神父)

    There are various discrepancies in discussions on relations between China and the Holy See. Despite the fact that there is still no public agreement, many commentators hotly discuss it as if it were common gossip. Even the bishops are often reduced to mere puppets; the lack of mutual trust between the two parties; the Taiwan issue: these are some of the problems outlined by the informed author, who calls himself "the hermit priest of the North" and is a very famous priest-blogger in China.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®