The Vatican: “allah” the savior of Catholics and Muslims

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To accept “God” as “Allah” in Malay-language bibles and other literature are “logical and acceptable”.

This are the words of Archbishop Joseph Marino, the Vatican’s first official envoy to Malaysia.

After being summoned by the Malayan foreign minister, the Archbishop expressed regrets over this statement, and issued an apology.

Archbishop Joseph Marino issued a statement late Tuesday, after meeting with Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, saying his comments were “never intended as an attempt to intrude into the internal affairs of the country”.

Marino, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur less than six months ago, had last Thursday waded into a religious row in Muslim-majority Malaysia over the use of the word “Allah”.

He described arguments put forward by the Catholic Church in an ongoing court battle for the right to translate “God” as “Allah” in Malay-language Bibles and other literature as “logical and acceptable”.

Soon after, hardline Muslim groups began calling…

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