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Young Christians Learn about Islamic Principles

January 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Catholic

http://www.theindiancatholic.com/report.asp?nid=10270

An Islamic institute is conducting a course to teach Protestant youths about Islam and pluralism.

Wahid Institute, initiated by former president Abdurrahman Wahid, is cooperating with the Crisis Center of the Christian Church of Indonesia (GKI, Indonesian acronym) in running the four-session course.

Thirty GKI youths including...

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Vietnam Police Probe Church Land Dispute

January 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Houston Belief

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/5494247.html

Police in Vietnam's capital have launched a criminal investigation into Catholic Church protests over a land dispute, while state-run media accused church leaders Tuesday of abusing their power to incite followers to confront the Communist government.

Catholic parishioners and...

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Interfaith Group to Push for Release of Montreal Man Jailed in India

January 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Canadian Press

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iBD9qVgwapgcUihxQkWhyOeJiUJg

Former justice minister Irwin Cotler and an interfaith delegation will meet with Indian authorities in Ottawa on Monday in hopes of freeing a Montreal businessman imprisoned in northeastern India.

Saul Itzhayek, 42, was sentenced to three years in jail on accusations of entering the country from...

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Cooking with Faith; Diverse Religious Communities Unite to Provide Dinners for Needy

January 29, 2008

Author: Vincent Ball

Source: Brantford Expositor

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=876930

On Sunday afternoon, when a lot of guys are watching sports on television, Gord Markle is washing a pot in a church basement.

His friend, Yvonne Wright, is peeking into the oven to check the chicken and looking over her shoulder is her friend, Glen Gordon.

Another gentleman is whipping up a Caesar salad and...

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Malaysian Buddhists Lose Conversion Case

January 29, 2008

Author: JULIA ZAPPEI

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kentucky.com/524/story/300839.html

A Malaysian court on Tuesday rejected a petition to have a dead man declared a Buddhist after he was buried as a Muslim in the latest interfaith dispute to rock this multiethnic but largely Muslim nation.

Relatives of the late Gan Eng Gor had asked the High Court in southern Seremban state to reverse...

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Pro-Muslim Tilt in Malaysia's Courts

January 29, 2008

Author: Simon Montlake

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0129/p06s01-woap.html

An Islamic court ruled last week that a Malaysian man receive a Muslim burial, despite insistence by most of his family that he hadn't converted to Islam. His son, a Muslim, maintained that he had.

Such cases have become more common in Malaysia, whose leaders tout their multiracial democracy as a model of Islamic moderation and...

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