» 09/20/2012, 00.00
Catholic schools in Central Java threatened with closure for not teaching Islam
Tegal District leaders and Catholic representatives hold special meeting. Sister Madeleine rejects accusations and reiterates her schools' policy, from kindergarten to high school. Muslim parents with children in Catholic schools agree, defending the latter's independence.
Suspects in Australian Embassy blast named
Threats made against Catholic school. Stop violence! It is against Islam, says convicted terrorist Ali Imron.
Pantura: after decades of "apathy", Catholics revive missionary spirit
For over 50 years, the Church's presence in this region of Central Java has been "insignificant." Now, a renewed commitment in favour of active witness begins with a new pastoral centre, backed by a website. With this in mind, a seminar focusing on interreligious dialogue and evangelisation through the web was held a few days ago.
After Jakarta, another Catholic politician wins in Central Java
Budi Setiawan will be deputy chief of Banyumas Regency. More and more Indonesians seem to like Muslim-Christian tickets as evinced by the results in the governorship race in the capital. Such a combination ensures the common good and bolsters the fight against corruption. The bishop of Purwokerto backs the ticket.
Indonesian Catholics helping farmers and labourers
Farmers are powerless in the face of shrinking farmland and foreign competition. KPTT, an organisation founded by a Dutch Jesuit, holds a two-day workshop in Central Java to discuss the matter.
Indonesian Church to boost continuing education for priests
In Yogyakarta, Central Java, a five-week seminar began for 20 priests from all over the country. Theologians and high-profile teachers are among the lecturers. Visits to parishes and Islamic centres are part of the programme. For Indonesian Jesuit, "training is essential to revive the missionary commitment."
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