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South Sulawesi: Islamists and local authorities pull down Protestant church
Pangkep District leaders order the demolition of the GKSS's only place of worship. For extremists, the building did not have the necessary permits. For the faithful, this was a "senseless operation" in violation of religious freedom. Christian activist slams the Indonesian president and government for failing to protect minorities.
A Catholic's tour of Indonesia "hunting" for aid for Java quake victims
Our correspondent, who comes from one of the districts hardest hit by late May's earthquake, toured the island for a month in search of donations with the help of his parish in Wedi. In a letter to AsiaNews he describes his work on behalf of his fellow residents and the "generous" response from Christians and Muslims.
Church torched in North Sulawesi
Unknown attackers set on fire a Protestant church in Manada last night. Alertness increases to prevent Christmas attacks. Muslim volunteers join Christians in protecting Christian places of worship. Catholics and Protestants join their voice to proclaim that the "birth of the Lord should enhance awareness throughout Indonesian society of the urgency in establishing fraternal relations among fellow Indonesians."
Islamic extremists still unpunished 40 days after the Sangla Hill attack
Protesters announce a hunger strike "till death" beginning on the first day of the new year if the government continues to ignore the situation. Local religieuse says her school's mission continues: to teach children that love defeats extremism.
Catholic worker centre open to Protestants and Muslims
The Jesus Worker Centre was set up in 1995 in an industrial district about 100 kilometres from the capital through the initiative of PIME missionaries. Hundreds of faithful meet there to pray and share their experiences. The centre’s long-term plans include serving as “ecumenical place”, with a church, a school, a medical dispensary and a technical centre.
Mystery surrounds alleged disappearance of 300 children from Banda Aceh
Leaders from all religious communities call for an investigation into the alleged removal of 300 children from Banda Aceh by a US Evangelical organisation. Indonesian Catholics and Protestants deny any link to the group and reject accusations of proselytism.
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