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Intense persecution of Church in Laos

Catholic World News - June 10, 2011

Catholics in northern Laos are suffering from an increasingly intense persecution, according to UCA News. Local officials in the Communist nation are requiring some Catholics to miss Mass and perform community service or “learn government policies” on Sunday. One priest reports that Masses are closely watched by armed guards, and Catholics are required to inform officials when they travel outside their towns.

The nation of 6.0 million is 0.7% Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

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