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Wednesday, October 6, 1999 Published at 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

In pictures: The bishop comes home

Emotional scenes mark the return to East Timor of the territory's spiritual leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Bishop Carlos Belo.

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After weeks of militia violence, tight security surrounds the bishop's return.

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Nuns from Bishop Belo's clergy were among the first to welcome him back to East Timor.

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Other supporters could hardly contain their excitement at seeing the return of the territory's spiritual leader.

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In East Timor's second city of Baucau an equally ecstatic crowd turned out to welcome Bishop Belo home.

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Locals lined up to offer a warm embrace.

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A church in Baucau - one of the few buildings to escape the destruction - played host to a special congregation for the bishop.

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In a deeply religious territory, East Timorese are hoping that the bishop's return signals the beginning of a better future for East Timor.

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