A delegation of about a dozen representatives from the Islamic party, Pas, made a courtesy call to the new Catholic bishop of the Penang Diocese, Sebastian Francis, at his office at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit yesterday to congratulate him on his recent appointment.
The delegation comprising mainly Penang Pas representatives was led by Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
Also present were College General seminary rector Fr Gerard Theraviam and Cathedral parish priest Fr Bernard Paul.
Ustaz Soib Mohd Amin said a prayer for peace and for closer Muslim-Christian relations.
Bishop Sebastian reciprocated by saying the Bapa Kami (Our Father) as a prayer for the nation. The new bishop also stressed the importance of cultivating a deep spirituality – an aspiration shared by people of other faiths – in forging closer Muslim-Christian ties.
Both sides pointed to their common Abrahamic heritage, which could serve as a foundation to promote better inter-religious understanding.
The Pas delegation then presented the Bishop with a book and a ‘good luck’ cake.
Bishop Sebastian later hosted tea and refreshments for the visitors.
The meeting yesterday was initiated by Mujahid and Pas representatives, who had sent a letter to the bishop informing him of their desire to make a congratulatory visit.