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Closed-door Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Press release statement

Group photo of representatives from Christian churches and Muslims
Group photo of representatives from Christian churches and Muslims

Faith and Unity – Current Realities and the Way Forward

The Kairos Dialogue Network (KDN) and the Islamic Information Centre (IIC), Sarawak collaborated to organise a dialogue in an atmosphere of cordial relations and mutual benefit, at the Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Centre (ACCPC) located in the grounds of St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish, Kuching on 9 April.

The theme for the dialogue was “Faith and Unity – Current Realities and the Way Forward”. The esteemed panel speakers at this dialogue were Professor Datin Dr Azizan bt Baharuddin, Director General of the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) and Associate Professor Dr Helen Ting, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Malaysian & International Studies (IKMAS) UKM.  Continue reading Closed-door Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Press release statement

Christians, Muslims and Buddhists together for the Virgin of Nyaunglebin

YANGON, Myanmar — Around 100,000 people from different religions last week participated in an annual pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Nyaunglebin, 145 km north of Yangon.

Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon led the solemn celebrations marking the 112th anniversary of the Marian shrine. In his homily, the prelate spoke of an historic opportunity for reconciliation. He said Myanmar’s government must give up its aggressive nature and repair the damage done to the innocent. He also paid tribute to its martyrs who played a crucial role in the life and evangelisation of the Asian country for five centuries.

Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus flocked to the site from 7 – 8 February, seeking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, for themselves and the country. Prayers centred on bringing peace to the country and for an end to sectarian violence, particularly between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine State.

There were fewer restrictions this year by the Myanmar government on pilgrims, enabling many people from all over the country to make the pilgrimage. More than 200 priests, 300 religious and 3 archbishops led the celebrations this year.

Original news: AsiaNews / Source: UCAN

Police warns Umno, Muslim groups against church protests

KUALA LUMPUR — Selangor police today cautioned groups planning to protest outside churches in the state over the “Allah” row that they will be punished for violating the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA).

The PAA expressly forbids rallies and demonstrations within 50m of religious buildings, which fall under a list of prohibited places where public gatherings may not be held.

“We will take stern action,” Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan, the head of Selangor police, was quoted as saying by the Sun today.

Umno Selangor are threatening to hold protests outside all churches in the state this Sunday over a senior Catholic priest’s insisted that the Catholic Church would not abide by Islamic authorities’ plan to bar it from using “Allah” in churches.

Newly-appointed Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s director Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said last Thursday that letters will be sent to all churches in Selangor, asking them to comply with the state ban on non-Muslims from using 35 Arabic words and phrases, including “Allah”, which are listed under the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988. Continue reading Police warns Umno, Muslim groups against church protests