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Radical Islam coming to Benin, prelate reports

April 30, 2015

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Militant Islam is making its presence felt in Benin, Archbishop Pascal N’Koue of Parakou told the Fides news service.

The archbishop, who is secretary-general of the country’s episcopal conference, said that “there is the infiltration of an Islam that is no longer the traditional African Islam that allows Muslims and non-Muslims to live together peacefully.” He said that outsiders, funded by Arab sources, had begun delivering a violently anti-Christian message.

Archbishop N’Knoue reported that parliamentary elections in Benin had taken place “in a calm atmosphere” with few difficulties. The political atmosphere has been somewhat tense because of expectations that President Thomas Boni Yayi will seek to amend the constitution in order to allow himself a 3rd term in office. The bishops of Benin have opposed a constitutional change.


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