Indonesia    SECTARIAN CLASHES CLOSE CATHOLIC FACILITIES
All Catholic-run schools and health service facilities in Indonesia's North Maluku province have ceased to operate after they were burned or destroyed in recent sectarian clashes.
   Sr Alexia Eva, head of the Poor Sisters of St. Joseph community house in Ternate, told UCA News that the congregation's 11 schools, hospital and leprosy home have stopped operating.
   Based on reports from Catholics arriving in Manado after the 31 January riots on Bacan island, Sr Alexia said that no Catholic school has been left intact in North Maluku. Sacred Heart Bishop Josephus Suwatan of Manado told UCA News that the Catholic Church has practically stopped its activities in North Maluku after the riots broke out in the newly-established province last November.
   
UCAN 16/2/00

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