03/07/2014INDONESIA Moluccas: Fire destroys Ambonia’s Xaverian seminary by Mathias Hariyadi Short circuit believed to have sparked fire, however police initiate an investigation to ascertain the causes. The entire second floor destroyed. It housed rooms for seminarians and a prayer chapel. Students moved to rooms of the diocesan pastoral center.
03/06/2014VATICAN Pope: Time of mercy, closeness to wounded for entire Church Encountering priests of the diocese of Rome, Francis says that “we must think of the Church today like a ‘field hospital'". "I always carry a small cloth pouch" containing a cross, in memory of a "great confessor", and when I have bad thoughts about someone my hand reaches for it". Confessors must be neither too "lax" nor too "rigorous".
03/06/2014INDONESIA Catholics aid displaced in Sinabung volcano eruption, forgotten by the government by Mathias Hariyadi Thanks to a fundraiser sponsored by the Indonesian community in Italy, a group of Catholic Kbkk volunteers provide medical and psychological care. Now the goal is to distribute seeds to farmers, to restart the crops. Reviving the spirit of solidarity among the Indonesians in Italy and in Europe.
03/04/2014VATICAN Pope: Remember that among Christians "there are more martyrs today than in the early days of the Church" "The world does not tolerate the divinity of Christ. It doesn’t tolerate the announcement of the Gospel. It does not tolerate the Beatitudes". "They are condemned because they have a Bible. They can not make the sign of the Cross", "they can not go to Mass, because it is forbidden". How often "does a priest come in secret, among them, they pretend they are having a meal, taking tea and there they celebrate Mass", "so they will not see them".
03/03/2014INDONESIA Yudhoyono under fire for reducing powers of Anti-Corruption Commission by Mathias Hariyadi Parliament has approved new rules that modify the Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure. The amendments "reduce" KPK powers and operations. Activists have accused the president of wanting to cover corruption cases that also involve his second son. The issue of corruption will dominate the presidential campaign for the elections in October.
02/27/2014VATICAN Pope: bishops are not managers but witnesses to the Risen Christ who lives for and near his flock Francis chaired a meeting of the Congregation for Bishops today. For him "To identify a bishop, it is not necessary to list his human, intellectual cultural or even pastoral skills". To "choose," we "need to elevate ourselves, to rise to the 'upper level'. We must rise above and overcome any eventual preferences, sympathies, provenances or tendencies to arrive at God's broad horizon".