The Catholic Church in the state of Sarawak, part of Malaysian Borneo, is constantly committed to promoting interreligious harmony in society. As Fides learns, in recent days Archbishop Simon Poh and Don Felix Au of the diocese of Kuching, Sarawak, participated as delegates in the 12th annual multireligious Forum at the Islamic Information Center. Now in its 12th edition, the Forum represents an important opportunity for exchange and discussion to address issues and concerns existing in the various faith communities in Malaysia. This year the representatives of various religious communities in the region gathered to discuss a theme that saw them all involved: “Peace, love and faith: cornerstones of a harmonious society”.
Don Felix Au explained the prospect of a Christian to those present and touched the importance of loving God and one’s neighbor, to bring the “fruit of love” which is peace. “The goal of religious dialogue – he said – is not to ‘get the best of a discussion’ or convert the interlocutor, but to achieve together peace, understanding and greater mutual respect”.
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious country. Its population is made up of nearly 32 million people, of whom more than 60% are ethnic Maaya Muslims. Catholics represent 4% of the population. (SD-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 19/2/2020)