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Priest, 12 laymen arrested for organizing Mass at Saudi hotel

Catholic World News - October 07, 2010

Saudi religious police stormed a private Mass taking place in a Riyadh hotel on October 1, arresting 12 Filipino organizers and a French priest, according to media reports. Approximately 150 expatriates were in attendance at the Mass.

The 13 were taken to a police station and charged with proselytizing, but then released.

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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Oct. 07, 2010 9:53 PM ET USA

    Lucky for the Saudis they weren't doing anything unpalatable to the "social justice" folks within the Church, like interrupting a convention of "green technology" enthusiasts. Then we'd never hear the end of it. As it was, though, it was just the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, so they get a pass.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Oct. 07, 2010 8:22 AM ET USA

    It would be nice to see this as international news the way the whole "threat to burn the Koran" was but I won't hold my breath. When one sees just how non Muslims are treated in Muslim countries it blows my mind that so many Westerners don't think they will be persecuted and censored right in their own countries once the purveyors of "the religion of peace" get a demographic majority.

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