Down to the Wire: Just $6,332 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Malaysia agrees to open diplomatic relations with Holy See

Catholic World News - July 18, 2011

The government of Malaysia has reached an agreement to open formal diplomatic relations with the Holy See, following a July 18 meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Bin Abdul Razak.

Malaysia has been one of the relatively few nations that does not have formal diplomatic ties with the Vatican. Although the Asian nation is officially Islamic, it has about 850,000 Christian residents.

Within the past year, Christians in Malaysia have clashed with government officials on the use of the word “Allah” to denote the God of Christian belief and on the importation of Bibles. Christians are pressing for equal treatment under law: a goal that might be served by an exchange of ambassadors with the Holy See.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($55,855 to go):
$150,000.00 $94,145.13
37% 63%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy 18 hours ago
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25