Bishop Paul Tan of the Melaka Johore Diocese in Malaysia has spoken out against the scheduling of the national election on a Sunday. As well as showing disrespect for Christians’ right to worship, it will be difficult for a number of Catholic priests to return to their hometowns to vote in the the 5 May ballot. Read more here.
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office is calling for action to help the tragic situation of persecuted Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar. It’s Chair, Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv, is a refugee himself. He is calling on the Catholic Community across Australia to pray for the Rohingya people fleeing persecution in their homeland. Meanwhile, the ACMRO welcomed the news that the Indonesian and Malaysian governments have come to a temporary agreement to assist some of the Rohingya people. Read the media release.
Archbishop Julian Leow, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia calls for respect for the rights of religious minorities. A a Catholic newspaper has lost a legal appeal to continue to use the Bahasa language word for God, which the majority of Malaysian Catholics have done for centuries. None the less, Archbishop Leow says the ruling does not extend to “a prohibition in our holy scripture, the Alkitab as well as in our praise and worship during our celebration of the holy mass and prayer sessions”. Read more here. Do we stand up for minorities and the voiceless when we are part of the majority? When we are part of a minority, how do we create dialogue and understanding? In what ways are the demands of solidarity different in each position?
Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said at his installation, that Malaysia stands at a crossroads. It’s story, he said, should not be “about competing with each other, to see who is first, who is more superior or who is more successful, but our strength as a nation is gauged by how we treat the weakest and the most vulnerable among us.” Giving voice to the Church’s option for the poor, he said: “The most neglected of our society must be our priority to move this nation forward.” Read more here. Do you believe that a nation’s strength is measured by the way the most vulnerable and neglected are treated? How do political parties and community groups in your country measure national strength?
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