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  1. Islamist party to allow non-Muslims to join its ranks

    Posted Jun 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... irrespective of their religion. Political analysts expect easy passage of the change after the party's venerated spiritual leader, Nik Aziz Nik Mat, endorsed the measure last Sunday. Most political experts doubt non-Muslims will be queueing up to join. 'I don't expect non-Muslims [to join],' said Abdul Razak Baginda, executive director of the Malaysian Strategic ...

  2. Cross purposes

    Posted May 25th 2006, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... the naysayers.' Cardinal Zen's appearance at The Last Stand premiere could be seen as a one-off attempt at slick political spin. But the endorsement of Narnia earlier this year- which saw Christian ... with the aim of grooming the next generation of Asia's parish leaders. The diocese's endorsement of Brett Ratner's futuristic fantasy is in sharp contrast to the censure the church ...

  3. The Pope supports me, Arroyo says

    Posted Jun 28th 2006, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Pontiff also told me clerics should stay out of politics, claims president after Vatican trip President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday claimed Pope Benedict had endorsed her presidency and policies and said he prefers clergymen to remain apolitical. 'He is very, very encouraging towards our policies,' Mrs Arroyo told the presidential palace-run ...

  4. Muslim voters look past Islam

    Posted Jul 08th 2009, 12:00am by Fabio Scarpello

    ... Islamic credentials. Most Indonesian people separate religion from politics. 'I am a Muslim, and I have a strong faith, but I think this is positive. Religion is not supposed to be mixed with politics,' said Dyah Ayu Maharani, 34, a teacher in Surabaya. 'Looking at the wide array of issues that Indonesia needs to tackle, religious issues are not the most important.' Pratu Rakhma ...

  5. First family claims divine help

    Posted Jun 28th 2006, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles Three saints in the family have helped Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo weather political storms, both the president's spouse and brother-in-law claim. Her ... that the two Arroyo nuns had been proposed for beatification. His office should know, he explained, because all would-be saints need to be endorsed by Filipino bishops first. Mr Arroyo's younger ...

  6. Rebirth of Taoism fills spiritual void in rush to consumerism

    Posted Apr 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... or the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. They boast their official roles are an endorsement of China's religious freedom, although the faith encourages retreat from ...

  7. Catholic leadership crisis is looming

    Posted Aug 07th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... and provincial Catholic Patriotic Association as well as the Bishops' Conference, but the problem was finding the right candidates, church sources said. Bishop Fu, who holds an important political ... the baton to the younger generation. Optimistic observers noted that the young bishops, many of whom were endorsed by Rome, were viewed as more likely to promote conciliation with the underground ...

  8. Pro-Leung polls put Beijing in a corner

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tang's weak popularity ratings could make it difficult for Beijing to go against public opinion by endorsing him openly. 'It will be more difficult for Beijing to give him the full support ... eyebrows, as both men are members of the standing committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the Chinese Communist Party's top advisory body. For the first time, ...

  9. Mainland church leader backs papal approval

    Posted Mar 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok in Beijing Vatican endorsement for ordaining of Chinese bishops is preferable to 'maintain communion' A leader of the mainland's government-sanctioned Catholic Church said any Chinese bishops to be ordained should receive papal endorsement in order to maintain their communion with the Holy See. But details of the appointment should be a matter ...

  10. After Mao, a return to traditional values

    Posted Sep 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... remains an important symbol of political legitimacy for his successors in a nation where 'socialism with Chinese characteristics'- the pursuit of economic growth, engagement ... of Education has endorsed proposals for schools to be allowed to introduce courses in traditional Chinese culture, including study of Confucian texts and ancient poetry. And the government is also ...




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