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Philippines: missionary warns of rise of Islamic fundamentalism

Catholic World News - September 26, 2011

Father Sebastiano D’Ambra, a missionary committed to Catholic-Muslim dialogue in the Philippines, is warning of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism on Mindanao, the nation’s second-largest island and home to most of the nation’s Muslims.

Father D’Ambra told the Fides news agency of “the spread of the fundamentalist and restrictive vision of Islam, fueled by foreign states through funds, cultural programs, preachers and mosques, that have a certain approach which is not conducive to dialogue with Christians.”

82% of the nation’s 90.5 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics, while 5% are Muslim.

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