Endure trials but stand firm: Penang bishop
Disapproving Monday’s firebombing and provocative banners hoisted outside five churches, he hoped that the incidents would not divert attention of all concerned on issues affecting Malaysians.
Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang urged people of all faiths and the faithful to stand firm and endure trials which "has been our tradition", in a pastoral letter released last Tuesday.
Disapproving Monday’s firebombing of the Church of the Assumption in Lebuh Farquhar and provocative banners hoisted outside five churches by miscreants in Penang last Sunday, the letter hoped that the incidents would not divert attention of all concerned on issues affecting Malaysians.
Quoting Pope John Paul II the letter said: “There is no peace without justice and there is no justice without forgiveness.”
The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST), the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) and the Malaysian Bishops’ Conference also issued official statements condemning the acts of provocation in Penang and urging people to remain calm but vigilant.
Banners that said, “Allah is Great, Jesus is the son of Allah”, were found hanging outside five churches in Penang on Sunday, after which two men on a motorcycle threw petrol bombs on the Church of Assumption on Monday.
Penang police have set up a task force comprising 283 senior officers and personnel to focus on protecting churches and mosques. Several people have been questioned over the two provocative acts, but no one has been arrested.
Source: The Malaysian Insider