Malaysian Muslims ask Vatican to recall envoy over use of “Allah”


Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Joseph S. Marino as the first resident apostolic nuncio to Malaysia. Archbishop Marino, a native of Alabama, previously served as the apostolic nuncio in Bangladesh. He is pictured during his 2008 ordination in Birmingham. Photo by Mary D. Dillard, One Voice/courtesy Catholic New Service

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(RNS) In an escalating confrontation, dozens of Islamists marched to the Vatican's mission in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, after prayers, and presented a 670-word memorandum calling for the archbishop's recall.