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Malaysian bishop, mufti meet

March 15, 2016

Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang, a Malaysian state of 1.7 million, has met with Penang’s leading Muslim cleric, according to an AsiaNews report.

The meeting follows the historic January 7 meeting between Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim of Kuala Lumpur and the chief Muslim cleric of Malaysia’s Federal Territories.

“The Church is working hard to reach out to our Muslim brothers, as does Pope Francis,” said Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of Malaysia’s weekly Catholic newspaper. “But many unresolved issues remain, such as the conversion of mixed couples’ children.”

The Southeast Asian nation of 31 million is 61% Muslim, 20% Buddhist, 6% Hindu, 5% Protestant, and 4% Catholic. Islam is Malaysia’s official religion.


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