Gay protest at Dutch Catholic church
Dutch media say around a hundred activists have walked out of a church in the Netherlands to protest the Catholic policy of refusing communion to homosexuals.
State broadcaster NOS news reports the activists left the Sint-Jan church in Den Bosch, 60 miles (90 kilometers) southeast of Amsterdam, yelling and singing. The church was prepared for the protest and had decided not to give Holy Communion during Sunday Mass.
The conflict began during Dutch carnival celebrations this month. An openly gay man in a village near Den Bosch was chosen for a prominent role, but his local priest refused him communion - offending many in the village.
Most Dutch people support gay rights, but the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual activity is sinful.