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Ohio Catholic School Cancels Muslim Goodwill Event

CINCINNATI-- Complaints and a request from the archbishop have led a Cincinnati Roman Catholic high school to drop plans for a Ramadan dinner to build goodwill with Muslims.

Kirsten MacDougal, president of Mother of Mercy school, says Archbishop Dennis Schnurr received "emotionally charged" emails, mostly from outside the area, and asked the girls' school to cancel its Friday night plans. The event instead will be held at a church parish center.

A spokesman for Schnurr tells The Cincinnati Enquirer the complaints centered around the school's partnership with the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The U.S. has linked the council to a terror financing case and the FBI won't work directly with its members.

Local Council on American-Islamic Relations officials say they work against terrorism and violence.

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