Mob Sets Churches Ablaze in Pakistan

SANGLA HILL, Pakistan, NOV. 13, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Hundreds of Christians worshipped in the open air a day after a Muslim mob burned down churches over unfounded claims that a Christian had desecrated the Koran.

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The crowd today demanded protection for the minority community in the small town of Sangla Hill, 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Lahore, according to Agence France-Presse.

The crowd dispersed after Catholic Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha, 69, advised them not to retaliate.

A mob set ablaze three churches, a convent and a priest’s house in the Punjab province on Saturday. The archbishop said 1,500 people took part in the attack, which seemed organized.

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