» 09/23/2013, 00.00
INDONESIA - ISLAM
Java: Islamic extremists against the reopening of Saint Bernadette Parish Church
After nine years, the authorities issued a building permit. Outside Islamist groups mount protests and issue threats. A priest says he was forced to cancel a second Mass yesterday because of the demonstrations.
East Java: Indonesian Catholics celebrate the ordination of seven priests
The ceremony will be held in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and will be presided over by Mgr. Vinsentius Sutikno Wisaksono, Bishop of Surabaya. For the faithful vocations are "signs of God's blessing." In western Borneo three deacons soon to be ordained. The bishop "extremely happy" for new vocations.
Suspects in Australian Embassy blast named
Threats made against Catholic school. Stop violence! It is against Islam, says convicted terrorist Ali Imron.
Quake in Java: Help the helpers, says Indonesian Church
The Crisis Centre of the Bishops' Conference of Indonesia is gearing up in order to boost its wide local aid network. The population is showing its great generosity through volunteering, collecting food and clothing, and raising funds in the country's parishes. International Catholic agencies are arriving in the quake zone.
Floods in Java: Purwokerto Catholics help Wadas Gumantung community
The small community, 700 people, 70 of which are Catholic, is isolated due to the collapse of a bridge. Food stocks are running out, impossible to go to work or school. Diocesan Caritas and promote a number of initiatives, including the establishment of a small market and the distribution of ropes and lifejackets to cross the river safely.
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.
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