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Muslim group drops lawsuit targeting Indonesian Marian shrine

Catholics and Muslims agreed that if lawsuit continued it would have been detrimental to religious harmony

Updated: August 09, 2016 10:28 AM GMT
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Local Catholics are glad that a group of Muslims have a dropped a lawsuit that sought to stop the building of a Marian shrine in Indonesia's Yogyakarta province.

"We see the move is part of an effort to maintain the religious harmony," Agnes Dwi Rujiastuti, spokeswoman of an advocacy team for the Marian shrine, told ucanews.com on Aug. 8.

"We tried to find a solution outside of the trial process," said Dwi Rujiastuti, which she said was fruitful.

"We realized that the issue wasn't about a conflict between local Muslims and Catholics. It was about the existence of intolerant groups. We agreed that intolerance is our enemy," she added, recalling that a number of Muslim hardliners from other regions always attended the court hearings related to the shrine.

The Muslim group had sought legal means to stop the building of the shrine because it was built in an area prone to natural disasters and was also seen as a way to spread Christianity.

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