Malaysia’s Federal Court has reserved judgment on a Catholic newspaper’s application to appeal against a ban on the use of the word ‘Allah’ in its publication.

In a case which started in 2008, The Herald appealed to the Federal Court after the Court of Appeal’s Oct. 2013 decision to ban the newspaper from using the word to refer to the Christian God.

No date has been set for when the Federal Court will again consider its judgment.

The case has potential wider repercussions for all Christian publishing, although it is still not clear what implications any judgement might have for Christian worship and other practices in Malaysia.

Sources: Free Malaysia Today, Channel News Asia