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Java: open then shut

A small church in Central Java, Indonesia, that has struggled for more than a decade to keep its worship facility, celebrated a reopening in early December only to see it shut before Christmas, due to protests from hard-line Islamists.

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Sign sealing shut the church

The 41 Christians of the rural church in Pepanthan Dermolo village began worship-ing again in the building Islamic extremists had long denied them. Two weeks later, they did not dare meet there, due to threat of violence from a local group called the Muslim Solidarity Forum of Dermolo.