2 July, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 10/30/2005
VATICAN – INDONESIA
Pope close to the families of beheaded Indonesian girls

Benedict XVI asks the bishop of the Manando's diocese to express his condolences to families and the diocesan community. He assures his "fervent prayers for peace among the people of that region".  



Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Benedict XVI expresses "deep condolences" to families and diocesan community of the 3 christian girls "barbarically killed" in Indonesia 29th of October. The pope "as soon as hear the sorrowful news" asks msgr. Suwatan, bishop of Manado's diocese, to tell personally and assures "his fervent prayers to the Lord for peace among the people of that region".  

The attack versus Yusriani Sampoe aged 15 years, Theresia Morangke aged 16 and Alvita Polio aged 19, has already served to increase tensions between Muslims and Christians. Poso is fertile terrain to trigger discord between the two communities; the latest incident highlights just how serious the situation is, given that the murders came only a few days before the Muslim festival of Idul Fitri (to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan), popularly known as "Lebaran". The long-drawn out conflict in Ambon, which has claimed thousands of victims, was ignited by clashes which broke out just a few days before Idul Fitri.

Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that "any wrongdoings which make the situation worse should not be carried out by any Poso resident. Let the government do its job". He is not rejecting any idea that this fresh incident is made by some certain elements of both warring parties. "It could be so…certain people who want to make certain benefits from the conflict," he adds.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
10/29/2005 INDONESIA
Indonesia: 3 Christian girls beheaded
10/31/2005 INDONESIA
Poso: Police search for teenagers' killers
11/21/2006 INDONESIA
Christians beheaded in Poso: parents pardon killers
by Benteng Reges
04/15/2008 INDONESIA
Two Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists arrested in Malaysia
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/04/2007 INDONESIA
Light sentence for terrorists who beheaded three Christians
by Benteng Reges

Editor's choices
ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosquesPresident Essebsi believes unified and global strategy needed to counter terrorism. The attack in Sousse almost simultaneous with those in France, Kuwait, Somalia. Islamic State claims responsibility.
VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin tells young people to be chaste in love, go against the flow and not retire at 20In his last meeting on the first day of his visit to Turin, Francis met young people in Vittorio Square. In a Question and Answer exchange, he talked about love, friendship and loss of trust towards life. "I understand you. How many hypocrites speak of peace and sell weapons. How can one trust? By following Christ, whose act of extreme love, i.e. the Cross, saved humanity." The pontiff also looked at the horrors of the 20th century as evidence of the loss of trust towards world powers. He urged young people “not to retire at 20,” but “live, don’t just exist.”

Dossier

Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.