ASIA/MALAYSIA – Acts of vandalism in a Catholic cathedral in Borneo, the bishop does not file a complaint

ASIA/MALAYSIA – Acts of vandalism in a Catholic cathedral in Borneo, the bishop does not file a complaint

Keningau (Agenzia Fid) morning mass. Parish administrator Nancy Nelly Jones advises that the person in charge is a 34-year-old man who “claims himself to be mentally ill”. The man’s mother, the note reports, has went to the church and said the culprit was her son and that the police have arrested the man and are dealing with the case.
“The parishioners are sad and shocked by this incident; we just want to repair what has been damaged and move on,” they say, assuring that “the broken crucifix and other damaged icons will be repaired.” “Police are carrying out further investigations in relation to this event and we are awaiting more information,” said the Bishop of Keningau, Msgr. Cornelius Piong, informing that, given the circumstances, the Church plans not to file a complaint. “We must forgive, we must pray for the perpetrator, especially because we know he is not in a normal state. Let us forgive and pray for our brother. The Church will not ask the family for compensation,” Bishop Cornelius said. , saying that he greatly appreciated the sincerity of the mother. Msgr. Cornelius said: “This sad episode offers us the opportunity to adopt a compassionate attitude. As a Church on the synodal journey, we must walk together in community, with care and responsibility in our mission to proclaim the Gospel. “, said Msgr. Pong.
The Diocese of Keningau is located in the north of the island of Borneo, in the Malaysian state of Sabah. It is the oldest and largest region in the interior of Sabah, with 43 sub-districts and 245 villages. Almost 90% of Keningau’s population are ethnic Dusuns and Muruts, 8% are Chinese and other local indigenous people. Catholics number approximately 135,000 out of a population of 486,000.
In Malaysia, Islam is the official religion but the Constitution guarantees freedom of worship to other faiths present, such as Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and animism. (SD/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 07/09/2022)


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