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Indonesian bishop bans Catholics in tribal wars from sacraments


A bishop on a predominantly Catholic island in eastern Indonesia has banned Catholics who engage in tribal wars from receiving the sacraments.

Bishop Eduardus Sangsun of Ruteng also asked parish priests to deny funeral Masses or rites for Catholics killed in tribal wars, reported UCA News.

The decree also bars Catholics who are involved in gambling operations and land grabbing. The pastoral letter was issued several months ago, and has been read repeatedly to Catholics at Sunday Masses in the diocese's 51 parishes.

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10-Sep-01