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Today's news: Up to 75 per cent of the Palestinians in Gaza are forcibly displaced, the Israeli army advances to Rafah, attacks in Jenin and authorises the return to three settlements in Samaria; Between 2016 and 2023, the Chinese authorities drove out more than 700,000 Tibetans; The Indonesian parliament wants to change the media law in a restrictive way; Bangladesh ruling party member found dead in India, three compatriots detained.

 

by Mathias Hariyadi

Head of State Widodo also intervened in the affair, with a public criticism of the actions of members of the moderate Muslim organisation. Leader Nu apologised for ‘the incident’ and called the choice of ‘timing and manner’ ‘inappropriate’. The country's leadership confirmed its support for the Palestinian cause.

| 17/07/2024
| INDONESIA - ISRAEL
by Mathias Hariyadi

Holding weddings by the sea, amid the grandeur of nature and cultural artefacts, has been gaining ground for some time now. Bishop Silvester San cites an exhortation issued by the country’s bishops in 2015, saying that the ritual of marriage must be celebrated in a place of worship. The wedding industry has flourished around organising celebrations.

| 11/07/2024
| INDONESIA
by Giorgio Bernardelli

By the end of the year, two priests and three nuns from Italy, India and Myanmar will set up a new outpost in the Diocese of Tanjung Selor, Indonesian Borneo, together with other congregations established elsewhere in the world inspired by PIME’s charism. For the Institute’s Superior General, Fr Brambillasca, this is “a project to renew in everyone the desire to leave for the mission.”

| 07/07/2024
| ECCLESIA IN ASIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The head of the group, active from 2019 to 2023, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Poachers are thought to have killed 26 animals, a very high number according to local animal rights activists. Some people believe that rhino horn has aphrodisiac properties.

| 06/07/2024
| INDONESIA

The detailed schedule of the trip the pontiff will make from 2 to 13 September in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Singapore has been released. The pope will deliver 16 speeches and homilies in the longest journey of his pontificate. In addition to four capitals, he will visit the mission in Vanimo. In Dili the Mass will be held on an esplanade in front of the ocean.

| 05/07/2024
| VATICAN – ASIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

In a sudden and surprise vote, the Ethics Committee voted to end the term of office of Hasyim Asy'ari accused of molesting an (Indonesian) woman operative in The Hague. A number of serious ethical issues were raised against him. In a controversial decision, he had authorised the outgoing president's son to run in the last election by forcing the age limit.

| 04/07/2024
| INDONESIA
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| 19/07/2024
| BANGLADESH
 
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| 15/07/2024
| HONG KONG
 
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| 12/07/2024
| CAMBODIA
 
by Sumon Corraya
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| 12/07/2024
| BANGLADESH
 
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| 09/07/2024
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
 
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| 09/07/2024
| JAPAN . VATICAN
 
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| 02/07/2024
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST
 
by Joseph Masilamany
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| 01/07/2024
| MALAYSIA
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