Posted by: becketfund | December 10, 2007

Indonesia: Church Banned from Religious Activity

AsiaNews reports that Indonesian authorities have banned a Catholic church, Christ’s Peace Parish Church in West Jakarta, from any religious activity following pressure from Muslim extremists in the area. The presiding priest, Fr. Matthew Widyalestari, was forced to sign an order in which he agreed to a cessation of activities. Local authorities cited concerns about ‘public order’ and ‘sectarian clashes’ in imposing the ban, leaving the parish’s 4,000 parishioners with few options for where they may practice their faith.

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