» 01/23/2013, 00.00
Authorities back away from compulsory Islam teaching in East Java Catholic schools
After days of meetings and negotiations, injunction is rescinded. For a Catholic leader, the affair has a "happy ending". A false report had previously suggested that the schools were willing to accommodate city. Surabaya bishop mediated the dispute.
Suspects in Australian Embassy blast named
Threats made against Catholic school. Stop violence! It is against Islam, says convicted terrorist Ali Imron.
Dalat: Catholic schools for poor children
The project launched by the diocese offers children education from kindergarten to primary school; more than 800 pupils are followed by religious and lay people whose point of reference is “the teachings on charity and love in the Bible”.
Qur'ānic exams now required in school and to get married
A provincial ordinance in West Sumatra that takes effect in 2008 requires written and oral Qur’ānic test for students from elementary to high schools. Married couples must also pass the test. Test applies to Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. Local political leader shrugs off possible concerns for non Muslim communities.
Indonesian Government boycotts Catholic schools, at risk of closure
Jakarta is calling for the withdrawal of state teachers from private Catholic schools, forcing foundations to pay salaries of new teachers. If the project goes through, the schools in the poorest and most isolated areas at risk of having to close because of bankruptcy.
Sumatra: local authorities close Catholic school without explanation
The institute is run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and has over 400 students, who will loose academic year if school closes. The measure has no legal basis, and the sisters have written a petition in protest sent to all authorities, including the Indonesian President.
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