Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan Forbids Public Christian Prayer
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ZENIT News Agency, The World Seen from Rome
Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan Forbids Public Christian
Prayer Government Fears Conversions, Says Bishop
THIMPHU, Bhutan, JAN. 28, 2004 (Zenit.org).- In the
Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Christians are forbidden
to celebrate or pray in public and priests are denied
visas to enter, says a bishop in neighboring India.
Bishop Stephen Lepcha, whose Diocese of Darjeeling
includes the kingdom, explained that Buddhism is the
official religion of Bhutan, and every other form of
religion and mission is prohibited. Until a few years
ago, Christians who had emigrated there from India and
Nepal were free to celebrate Mass in public.
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