Muslims free to convert in part of Indonesia
CWN - October 20, 2011
On the overwhelmingly Catholic island of Flores--an island of 1.8 million that forms part of Indonesia--Muslims are free to convert, according to a bishop who ministers there.
“In Flores, the cradle of Christianity in Indonesia, in the diocese of Ruteng, there is, every year, a small group of Muslims, five or six people, who convert to Christianity and are baptized,” says Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng. “But this does not raise a scandal nor any backlash.”
“Flores is impervious to forms of fundamentalism that run across Indonesia,” added Bishop Ruteng, whose diocese has experience a vocation surge: between 1990 and 2004, the number of diocesan priests rose from 32 to 110, while the number of women religious rose from 73 to 215.
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