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Islamic groups demand Vatican envoy leave Malaysia

Several Islamic groups Friday demanded the recall of the Vatican’s first envoy to Malaysia, describing him as an ‘enemy of the state’ after he supported the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims.
Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Vatican’s mission in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Muslim-majority Malaysia, after prayers on Friday, urging the government to expel Archbishop Joseph Marino.

Marino, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur less than six months ago, recently elicited a rebuke from the government after he waded into a religious row over the right to translate ‘God’ to ‘Allah’ in Malay-language Bibles and other literature. He had described arguments supporting the move put forward
by the Catholic Church.
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