» 01/02/2016, 00.00
A priest finally reaches faraway Pakak
Located some 400 km from the provincial capital, the one-thousand strong community of St Michael’s in Pakak gets a priest only for a day of the year because of its remoteness. Older couples renewed their marriage vows and young people went to confession and asked for advice.
18/02/2017 10:43:00 INDONESIA
Ms. Chui Thjai Mie, first Indonesian Chinese woman to become mayor
She won in Singkawan (West Kalimantan) defeating three competitors. She follows Confucianism. The city is majority Chinese, where everyone speaks the Hakka language.
Mass wedding in Indonesia
In one swoop, 3,500 couples will join in matrimony. The event is the brainchild of local authorities. The purpose is to help poor couples who might not otherwise be able to afford the cost of getting married.
23/03/2017 14:14:00 INDONESIA
Mgr Samuel Sidin Oton is the new Bishop of Sintang, West Kalimantan (photos)
The ordination ceremony took place in Baning in the presence of more than 5,000 local Catholics. West Kalimantan Governor Cornelis and local top military officials were also present. Working for environmental protection made Mgr Sidin an environmental hero. The challenges of the Diocese of Sintang include its vast territory, deforestation and the loss of cultural values among locals.
Priests put up with oceans of mud and great distances to teach catechism
In the diocese of Ketapang, most Catholics live in remote, hard to get places. However, pastoral work does not stop, as evinced by the stories of Mgr Blasius Pujaraharja, the local bishop, and Fr Alexander Joko Purwanto Pr. Both stress that bringing the word of God needs a sound mind in a sound body.
Education and health care, Franciscan nuns on a mission among the tribes of Papua
The community belongs to the diocese of Agats-Asmat, in the ecclesiastical province of Merauke. A remote area, the last Mass was celebrated at Easter. In recent days Bishop Murwito visited the area with a delegation of Franciscan nuns and a group of activists. From next December two nuns will arrive to assist development.
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