Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sisters discriminated against by Muslims in Bosnia

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, Bosnian Sister Ivanka Mihaljevic, the Provincial Superior of hte Franciscan Sisters of Christ the King, spoke of an increasing discrimination and verbal abuse of religious women in Bosnia.

Due to increasing fears and verbal abuse from Muslims who are imigrating from Saudi Arabia and with whom the Sisters must conduct business, they now only leave their convents in groups of at least two.

Sister Mihaljevic said:
A recent example occurred when one of the Sisters wanted to buy bread.
“Although the loaves were in plain sight, the proprietor claimed he was out of bread,” Sister Ivanka said. “But he simply did not want to sell it to a Catholic nun.”
“Again and again, we are made to feel unwelcome, even though this is our home.”
By contrast, Sister Ivanka emphasized, native Bosnian Muslims are “peaceable,” and are often ashamed of the behavior of their extremist co-religionists who are migrating to the country.

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