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Yogyakarta: Islamists expel thousands of Christians from a scout camp because it is Ramadan
Organised by an Indonesian Protestant group for the period of 1-5 July, the gathering was shut down on its second day following a raid by Muslim fundamentalists. For a radical Muslim leader, Christians were not authorised to organise an event that violates the sacredness of the Islamic month of fasting and prayer.
Sumatra: Ramadan begins with the burning of two Protestant churches
A crowd of at least 100 people attacked and torched a prayer centre of the Christian Batak Synod (Hkbp). They had previously attacked another Christian church five miles away. The violence took place on the first day of the holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims.
Indonesian Catholic Scouts gather for 'Unity in Diversity' in Malang
The biennial event attracts members of the clergy and educators. This year's edition brought 3,000 youth from 15 Indonesian dioceses. The meeting highlighted the pluralistic nature of Indonesian society, characterised by a plurality of ethnic groups, languages, religions and cultures.
Millions of Indonesians on the move for the feast of Idul Fitri
The long holiday ends Ramadan. Traditionally Muslims return to their hometown to celebrate. Mile long traffic jams around large cities, long trips that last hours. Christians organize free refreshment centres.
Islamic extremists attack bars and hotels for “violating the sanctity of Ramadan”
In Bogor yesterday a mob of extremists smashed up coffee shops and small hotels they accuse of promoting prostitution. Police says it won’t allow a repeat of the incidents, calling on the government to ban the activities of radical groups like the Islam Defenders Front.
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.
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