Thousands of Muslims attacked three Christian churches, an orphanage, and a health-care clinic in Indonesia today (February 8, 2011), according to the Catholic Culture website.
A Catholic priest was badly beaten as he sought to protect the tabernacle in his church from the marauding crowd.
After damaging the church, the crowd went on to torch two nearby Protestant churches and other Church institutions.
The mob violence in Java was prompted by a court decision sentencing a Christian evangelist to five years in prison -- instead of the death sentence -- after his conviction of blasphemy charges. Richard Bawengan Antonius had been arrested last October, charged with distributing pamphlets that mocked Islam.