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Unknown vandals desecrate eight graves in a Christian cemetery in Kuantan
A cemetery worker made the discovery this morning. Some gravestones were destroyed, crosses were broken, and stone pieces smashed. At present, nothing is known about those responsible for the incident, which could be connected to a spate of recent church attacks. Sources tell AsiaNews that the goal now is to contain tensions and restore calm.
Malaysia: Four Christian churches attacked over controversy on the use of "Allah"
Three Protestant places of worship, and one Catholic in the sights of Islamic fundamentalists. The offices of Metro Tabernacle Church damaged. Cars owned by Catholics vandalised. The director of the Catholic weekly Herald confirms "pressure" on government and judiciary to "cancel the Supreme Court ruling."
Govt sets up special commission for Christian cemeteries
Nepal's interim government under Khil Raj Regmi is behind the commission. It will select burial locations before 15 July, ending decades of dispute between Hindus and Christians. The lack of space has forced minorities to bury their dead one on top of the other, up to ten per tomb.
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.
The 'Allah' affair: Police interrogates Fr Lawrence, turns evidence over to prosecutor
The Public Prosecutor gets transcript from the priest's police interrogation. As the editor of the Herald, the latter is under investigation for "sedition". He plans to avoid making any statement that might further fuel the controversy. However, the matter has already crossed national boundaries as a US-based imam appeals to the Malaysian government; for him, banning the use of the word 'Allah' by Christians is a "tragic mistake."
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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.
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