Bishop Sebastian Francis responds to provocative banners, molotov cocktails

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Bishop Sebastian Francis has released a pastoral letter calling on Malaysians not to be diverted from the real issues affecting us.

Bishop’s Office
Pusat Keuskupan Katolik
290 Jalan Macalister
10450 Pulau Pinang

28 January 2014

“Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)

Dear People of God and Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

Pope John Paul II said, “There is no peace without justice and there is no justice without forgiveness.”

In the light of the incidents of various churches in Penang Island and Butterworth and especially at the Church of the Assumption, I send all of you greetings of Peace, Justice and Forgiveness. I thank all people of God of all races and religions, together with political leaders, the media and all people of goodwill from Malaysia and elsewhere who have expressed genuine concern in various ways. Full letter by Bishop Sebastian Francis on Aliran website.

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Farid

Malaysia has been so peaceful until some fanatics are out to create tension! Do not associate the atrocities commited by Jews in Israel with Christians in Malaysia! Jakim is making Islam look like a religion everyone else should fear. This would of course create the division amongst the citizens between Muslims and Non-Muslims. Is this the objective of Umno who just fear the losing of political power? Why are all the Islamic scholars, particularly those from PAS and universities, so quiet? It is time for them to explain the truth of this matter. Anyway, common sense should tell us taht… Read more »

Hani

The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) said today the division among Muslims is not only caused by a weak faith, but also because of the instigation of Christians and Jews as warned in the Quran.

In its Friday sermon, Jakim said that it was said in the Holy Book that the Christians and the Jews will try with all their might to “deceive” the Muslims to follow their wishes.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/christians-and-jews-are-dividing-muslims-says-jakim-in-friday-sermon

rick

Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi has confirmed that the banners bearing the words “Allah is Great, Jesus is the son of Allah” found hanging outside five churches on Sunday had nothing to do with the churches and were intended to heighten Muslim anger, as people were sensitive over the “Allah” issue.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/guan-eng-raps-umno-again-for-stoking-tensions

Fakri

Fear not, Islam is a religion of peace.

rick

No need to shed blood in defence of religion as God is almighty and need no human interference!