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Vatican, Muslims and Anglicans sign alliance to fight trafficking

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Despite the best endeavours of so many in so many countries, modern slavery and human trafficking continue to expand. Victims are hidden away: in places of prostitution, in factories and farms, on fishing boats, and illegal establishments, in private homes behind locked doors and in myriad other places, in cities, villages and slums in the [...]


Religious discord threatens a pluralist future for Malaysia

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Malaysian conservatives are flexing their muscles in what analysts call a high-stakes fight for control of the powerful ruling party that is endangering reform and delicate race relations. Since elections last May that stung the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the government has moved rightward, mothballing a reform drive launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak. [...]


Is it truly un-Islamic to respect Christmas?

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Together, Muslims and Christians constitute over 95 percent of Indonesia’s population. If they do not live in harmony then the country is in huge trouble. Despite the media hyperbole, the overwhelming majority of Indonesian Muslims and Christians do live in peace, but the increasingly visible cases of discrimination, including the sealing of several churches, is [...]


Muslims help rebuild Catholic church in Zamboanga

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Christian residents of this city’s Santa Catalina district found nothing unusual about Muslims bearing carpenters’ tools — until they realized the Muslims had volunteered to help rebuild a Catholic chapel. “We thought they were just looking for damaged mosques to rebuild,” said Jimmy Villaflores, Santa Catalina barangay (village) head. But to the surprise of the [...]


Malaysia: Ban on ‘Allah’ word amounts to persecution, says Church head

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The head of the Malaysian Catholic Church today said that the decision of the Court of Appeal on the Allah issue was tantamount to persecuting Christians in Malaysia. Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam noted that the three judges were grossly misinformed in arriving at the decision to ban Catholic weekly Herald from using the word [...]


Wrangle over ‘Allah’ word goes back to court

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The latest round in the long running legal battle over non-Muslims’ use of the word ‘Allah’ has arrived. Starting today, September 10, lawyers for the Church and the Catholic-run Herald Malaysia newspaper, opposed by lawyers for the Home Ministry, are presenting their respective arguments to a panel of judges. The case revolves around whether or [...]


Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?

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Sunni and Shia Muslims are killing each other in several nations, most notably in Syria’s escalating civil war. Coptic Christians churches are being torched in Egypt. In Israel, what passes for peace talks has restarted after years of murder and brutality. Religion is a common thread in each conflict. But why? Don’t these folks worship the [...]


Chorus of protest against Miss World in Bali

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Muslim hardliners in Indonesia have threatened to disrupt this year’s Miss World beauty pageant, due to be held in Bali next month. The contest goes against moral values, local wisdom and particularly Islam, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) said on Sunday. “We demand the government not allow the Miss World to take place in Indonesia,” [...]


First the terror and then the backlash

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Sangkala Satol, a 51-year old Muslim carpenter, was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Monday afternoon. He was outside a store in the southern city of Cotabato, waiting for his wife who was buying a pack of milk for his 10-month old son. Earlier, the couple was seen together inside the store. [...]


Pope Francis reaches out to Muslims in papal message

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With the end of the month of Ramadan approaching, Pope Francis decided to personally write to all Muslims as a sign of friendship and to promote greater respect between the two faiths. “This year, the first of my Pontificate, I have decided to sign this traditional message myself and to send it to you, dear [...]


Myanmar president promises to protect Muslims

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President Thein Sein has promised to protect the rights of Muslims as concern has grown over spreading attacks against this religious minority in this predominantly Buddhist country. In a national address on Monday, Myanmar’s reformist president focused on the violence which hit western Rakhine state, leaving more than 200 people dead and displacing more than [...]


US Muslims fear backlash over Boston bombings

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US Muslims are watching closely as the probe into the Boston bombings unfolds, fearing a backlash like after 9/11 if an Islamist link is confirmed to the deadly attack. Several Muslim groups issued statements within hours of Monday’s double bombing at the Boston Marathon, strenuously condemning the attacks that killed three and injured more than [...]


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    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:05:00
  2. Here is what Pope Benedict said to the bishops of Switzerland on November 9, 200...
    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:02:00
  3. stop RHbill for Gods sake!!!...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:03:00
  4. a woman who agree this RH bill has no heart. God forgive her she do'nt know what...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:02:00
  5. It is very hard to trust a muslim. They worship a false god and will break the ...
    Said on 2013-07-17 12:23:00
  6. Assuredly, thus said the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL to Roman Christian Catholic B...
    Said Angel Santie on 2013-06-28 19:39:00
  7. God let man or as we say permit man to create this way of comunication, why we w...
    Said joy on 2013-06-26 20:46:00
  8. Pray for the victims of clergy sexual abuse....
    Said on 2013-06-06 08:01:00
  9. 'Activist priest Robert Reyes is in the minority among the clergy when it comes ...
    Said on 2013-04-24 15:04:00
  10. 90-year-old Fr Emmanuel Non SJ had a letter in last Monday's Philippine Daily In...
    Said on 2013-04-18 10:41:00
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