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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Catholic church re-opened in Hargeisa, Somaliland

(Catholic Culture)- A Catholic church has re-opened in Hargeisa, Somalia: the only Catholic house of worship in the African country.




Bishop Giorgio Bertin, the apostolic administrator of Mogadishu, told Aid to the Church in Need that he had re-consecrated the church of St. Anthony of Padua, which had been shut down for years because of the danger Christians face in the overwhelmingly Muslim country. “Not many people come to Mass—ten at most,” the bishop said; “but nonetheless it is important.”

Bishop Bertin said that he spoke to local officials in Hargeisa last year about re-opening the church. Hargeisa is located in Somaliland, a region that has declared its independence. Although neither the Somali government nor the international community has recognized Somaliland as an independent state, in practice the region is fairly free from control by the provisional government in Mogadishu.

Bishop Bertin reports that “there is no possible way of having a presence in Mogadishu.” Although there are a few Catholics still living in Somalia, their lives are in danger if they are identified. All pastoral work is done secretly, the bishop explains, saying: “Even if it has to be silently, it is better to be there than not to be there.”

4 comments:

  1. As a practicing moslem, l believe in freedom of worship for all. Early moslems at the time of Prophet Mohamed accepted and provided security and respect for minority non moslems. Christians lived in Najran and Jews in Medina among their brethren without fear of persecution. Modern Islam is hijacked by ignorant, hate propagators who did irreparable damage to lslam. These few hate groups tarnished the image of The Religion Of Peace and Love. We must not allow, but rather help our fellow Somali Christians to reopen and refurbish their houses of worship and be treated like equal citizens of this country without prejudice
    As'Salam Alaykum "Peace Be Upon You" and may peace prevail on this turbulent and volatile world, Amen
    M Hussein (Mohamed Jirdeh)

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  2. As a practicing moslem, l believe in freedom of worship for all. Early moslems at the time of Prophet Mohamed accepted and provided security and respect for minority non moslems. Christians lived in Najran and Jews in Medina among their brethren without fear of persecution. Modern Islam is hijacked by ignorant, hate propagators who did irreparable damage to lslam. These few hate groups tarnished the image of The Religion Of Peace and Love. We must not allow, but rather help our fellow Somali Christians to reopen and refurbish their houses of worship and be treated like equal citizens of this country without prejudice
    As'Salam Alaykum "Peace Be Upon You" and may peace prevail on this turbulent and volatile world, Amen
    M Hussein (Mohamed Jirdeh)

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  3. I agree with you fully . Religious tolerance should prevail in Somaliland. We should be tolerant of those who want to worship peacefully among us.

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