» 12/17/2010, 00.00
Indonesian Christians say no to Christmas protection by Muslim radicals
In league with Indonesia’s police chief, Islamic Defender Front leader Risieq Shihab promises to protect Christians but only if their communities are authorised. Catholics and Protestants reject the offer because it would curtail religious freedom and negatively affect relations between Christians and local authorities, who alone have the right to provide security to churches.
Islamists against Catholics in Central Java, Christmas celebrations in jeopardy
Islamic Defence Front leaders threaten to stop celebrations. A big prayer meeting is planned for Christmas Eve. Islamist reaction is due to a planned Mass in a square across from a mosque. Police and local authorities say Christian celebrations have all the right permits, warn they would use all means at their disposal, including force to stop the extremists.
Azahari was preparing Christmas terrorist attacks against churches
About 30 home-made explosive devices found in the hideout used by the group linked to Jemaah Islamiyah. Azahari's death is confirmed.
Java: Catholic seminarians intern among Muslims to boost dialogue
In the name of friendship and tolerance, Fr Robert Suraji Pr organised a vocational programme for 22 future priests in Java. His initiative had the "material and moral" support of the Bishops' Conference. Participants also spent a few days in a Muslim "seminary" to get to know future Muslim leaders better.
Jakartans back the (Christian) deputy governor in his fight against graft and waste
Attacked by Islamists, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama leads the fight for transparency and savings, tells Public Works officials to trim their budgets by 25 per cent and improve cost management. He also posted the video of the meeting online earning more than a million views and thousands of comments.
Governments should not exclude religious values from society, Indonesian Muslim scholars say
Islamic scholars comment papal speech to the diplomatic corps, saying that political leaders should follow religious values and be paragons of virtue for their society. Peace, love and dialogue among the various religions is the path to stop religious fundamentalism.
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