07/24/2014INDONESIA Purwokerto: Muslims in parish hall to break Ramadan fast by Mathias Hariyadi A priest from Banjarnegara Regency, the "heartland" of Islamic Indonesia, calls on "all people of good will" to eat together after sunset. Gus Khayatul Maki, the local leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, attends the event, speaks in favour of pluralism and religious tolerance. In Java, a priest involves more than 90 young people in a two-day event dedicated to interreligious dialogue. Jakarta
(AsiaNews) - A parish
in Banjarnegara Regency, the heartland"
of Islamic Indonesia, has called
on "all people of good will" to break together the
fast in the Muslim holy month of
07/23/2014INDONESIA Defeated candidate set to appeal to Indonesia's Constitutional Court Former general Prabowo Subianto is getting ready to challenge the results within three days. According to members of his staff, the vote was rigged in at least 5,000 polling stations. For analysts and experts, the vote will not be overturned because the gap between the two is too wide.
07/22/2014INDONESIA Jakarta: TV announces Widodo is new Indonesian president Jakarta's popular governor of won 53.15 per cent of the votes. His challenger, retired general Subianto, withdraws from the competition, alleging "fraud", and vows to appeal to the Constitutional Court. Tensions remain high in the capital.
07/20/2014VATICAN Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
07/18/2014VATICAN - ISLAM Christians and Muslims should work fraternally for "justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person" The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issues a message for the Muslims of the world to mark the end of Ramadan. "Despite being aware of our differences, [. . .] We perceive the importance of promoting a fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship. Inspired by our shared values and strengthened by our sentiments of genuine fraternity, we are called to work together for justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person."
07/16/2014INDONESIA As Indonesian Church calls for unity, tensions and charges divide Widodo and Subianto supporters by Mathias Hariyadi In a joint statement, Catholic and Protestant leaders call for calm to avoid social tensions and conflict. They hope that the vote was fair, an expression of the "will of the people." Meanwhile, the first cases of fraud are emerging. Official results are expected on 22 July, but it is likely that the loser will appeal to the Constitutional Court.
07/15/2014INDONESIA Jakarta, revolt against "pro-caste" bill to block corruption investigations by Mathias Hariyadi Taking advantage of the presidential election campaign, parliament approved a law making it virtually impossible to investigate corruption charges against politicians. The norm, yet to be signed by the head of state, represent a "serious obstacle" to justice. An online petition for the cancellation of the law. Appeal to be lodges with Constitutional Court.
07/14/2014INDONESIA Indonesian Catholic Scouts gather for 'Unity in Diversity' in Malang by Mathias Hariyadi The biennial event attracts members of the clergy and educators. This year's edition brought 3,000 youth from 15 Indonesian dioceses. The meeting highlighted the pluralistic nature of Indonesian society, characterised by a plurality of ethnic groups, languages, religions and cultures.
07/13/2014VATICAN As pope makes "heartfelt appeal" for peace in the Holy Land, he notes that prayer is not "in vain" After the Angelus, Pope Francis called on those present to pray during a minute of silence. He made the same plea to local and international policy makers. Prayer helps us "not allow ourselves be overcome by evil, nor accept that violence and hatred take over from dialogue and reconciliation." The parable of the sower asks, 'How is our heart? To what ground does it look like: a road, rocky ground, or a bush? We must remember that with our words "we too are sowers". Indeed, "Our words can do so much good and so much evil; they can hurt and heal, encourage and depress." And "please, do not forget to pray for me."
07/12/2014ASIA - UNITED NATIONS More than half the world's population lives in cities India will lead the way, as the country's urban population is expected to swell by 404 million people between now and 2050. Tokyo will continue to top the mega-city list followed by Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Osaka, and Cairo. This trend will be challenge for health care, schools, food, and housing.