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Kazakh bishops’ official says Catholics shocked by riots (CNS)

Kazakhstan is Central Asian nation of 19.2 million (map) that is 71% Muslim and 25% Christian (24% Orthodox). This month, the nation has been rocked by protests that led the nation’s government to call in Russian troops.

“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, secretary-general of the bishops’ conference. “This is why everyone is so shocked.”