» 01/16/2013, 00.00
East Java: six Catholic schools could be shut down for not teaching Islam
The authorities threaten to close the schools by 19 January. Until now Christian schools have never been required to offer courses and seminars on the Qur'an. Given the sensitive nature of the matter, school administrators are not making any public statement.
Last wish of Indonesian Catholic on death row
Domani Fabianus Tibo will be unjustly executed by firing squad together with his friends da Silva and Riwu. His last words are an appeal to the president and a denunciation of the country's legal system. The sorrow of the Catholic community: "used as scapegoats". Mgr Mandagi will preside over the funerals.
Islamic schools: graduates return as teachers, capable of little else
Debate is brewing in Indonesia over the role of the 16 thousand Islamic collages, attended by millions of young people. Experts denounce that graduates are incapable of taking on external work and remain as tutors. Significant numbers become victims of radical positions.
Yasmin Church members stage peaceful protest in front of Yudhoyono's residence
Arts and crafts by the children of the protestant community are put on display in order to sway the president in their favour. Christians stress their affiliation with the "multiethnic nation". Important Christian and Muslim leaders join the rally, including a younger sister of former President Gus Dur.
Three Indonesian Catholics face firing squad on 12 August
After many delays, the authorities of central Sulawsi have fixed the date and place for the execution of Tibo and his two friends. Their families have reiterated their opposition to the "unjust" penalty and say the judges have proved to be "blind and deaf" when faced with new evidence in favour of the three men.
Execution of three Indonesian Catholics looms
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has denied pardon, and the three men will "soon" be put to death; they are accused of being responsible for inter-religious clashes in Poso in 2000. The government decision may have been taken to balance out the recent death sentence handed down to three Islamic terrorists for the Bali bombings in 2002.
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