» 02/25/2014, 00.00
Yogyakarta: university suspends controversial regulation limiting religious freedom
Gajah Mada University, one of Indonesia's foremost places of learning, suspends rules that ban the open profession of atheism or a religion not recognised by the state. The guideline set by the university's dean had created dissatisfaction among students. For the university's spokeswoman, the goal was to prevent sectarian violence and clashes.
Semarang Archdiocese celebrating the ordination of nine Jesuit priests
Central Java remains the Catholic Church's most prolific Indonesian province in terms of vocations. Six new priests were ordained in July; more are scheduled in August and October.
Indonesian Church to boost continuing education for priests
In Yogyakarta, Central Java, a five-week seminar began for 20 priests from all over the country. Theologians and high-profile teachers are among the lecturers. Visits to parishes and Islamic centres are part of the programme. For Indonesian Jesuit, "training is essential to revive the missionary commitment."
09/12/2016 13:19:00 INDONESIA
Muslim extremists slam Christian university for “false” advertising
A banner at Duta Wacana University, a Protestant institution, shows a female student wearing a hijab. According to Islamic radicals, a Muslim should not be shown in an ad for a Christian institution. However, for one Muslim student, “no political agenda should interfere with academic studies”.
Central Java: Islamic radicalism on the rise in Solo mosques
The city is a hub of Islamic extremism. It was also the birthplace of radical Islamist leader Abu Bakar Bashir as well as the refuge of Malaysian terrorism Noordin Top. A radical version of Islam and self-imposed exclusivism favours spread of radicalism.
Atheist on Facebook, Indonesian risks imprisonment and unleashes an Islamist revolt
Aan Alexander, 30, government employee, said he does not believe in God on the popular social networks. Discovered by his colleagues, he has sparked protests by fundamentalists and risks a sentence of five years. Atheism, in the archipelago, is equated with communism and thus outlawed. "Repentant" he will return to Islam.
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®