Kazakh bishops’ official says Catholics ‘shocked’ by January riots

Kazakh bishops’ official says Catholics ‘shocked’ by January riots Belarusian servicemen take part in a ceremony in Almaty, January 13, marking the beginning of the withdrawal of peacekeeping troops of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation from Kazakhstan. Photo CNS.
A Kazakh Church leader said Catholics were left “shocked and disorientated” when early January riots shattered Kazakhstan’s image as an oasis of peace and stability. “I’ve never known such ill-will and aggression here – after so many years of excellent cooperation between faiths, and between the Catholic Church and the government,” said Father Peter Pytlovani,…
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