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Christmas Mass barred in Indonesian province

Catholic World News - December 21, 2010

Authorities in the Indonesian province of Bogor, in West Java, have announced a ban on Christmas Mass and on any other celebrations of Christmas, explaining that Christians do not have a proper permit for a place of worship.

Officials have balked at approving a permit for a church in the area, and Christians have been worshipping in other makeshift meeting-places. The ban apparently will prevent them from doing so on Christmas.

The ban on Christian worship is complicated by the hostility of local Islamic militants, who have announced their plan to prevent any Christmas prayer services.

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