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Catholics threatened as Bosnia develops into Islamic state

    The international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has reported that the situation of Catholics in the Bosnian-Croat federation is becoming more and more difficult.
    The charity's annual report for 2000 claims that the republic of Bosnia Herzegovina, which is inhabited principally by Bosnian Muslims and Catholic Croats, is gradually developing into an Islamic state. The Muslim domination is threatening the freedom of the local Catholic minority.
    Aid to the Church in Need reports that the situation of Bosnian Catholics is being ignored by the Western media.
    The report says the teaching of the Islamic faith in Bosnia is becoming increasingly influenced by other Islamic countries.
    It says the old Bosnian Islam, with its close links to European culture has disappeared, so that today Bosnia forms a frontier between a Christian Europe and the Islamic world. After the recent war a number of Islamic countries are now deeply involved in Bosnia, the charity observes, pointing out that Saudi Arabia alone has funded 157 mosques, half a million copies of the Koran and one and a half million other Islamic books.
    The report says the number of Catholics has fallen to half the number present before the war. Many churches, religious houses and presbyteries continue to lie in ruins.
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