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Following Clerics’ Fatwa, Somaliland Halts Re-opening of Catholic Church

HARGEISA (Somali Update Online) — Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland put a proposed reopening of 70-year-old Catholic church on halt following protests by religious clerics and local community in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.

The re-opening of the church became controversial and attracted public outrage after an Italian aid worker and Christian volunteer Maria Vechhinno announced two weeks ago that she has volunteered on the work to renovate the church which she said would serve for the Christians in Somaliland.

The Italian woman who was on humanitarian aid mission to Somaliland made the announcement during a volunteer conference in Hargeisa.

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