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Environmental concerns centre stage in elections

JAKARTA (UCAN): “People should vote for candidates who care for the environment and are serious about tackling ecological problems,” said Kisworo Dwi Cahyono, executive director of the provincial branch of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI), as environmental concerns took centre stage in regional elections in South Kalimantan, Indonesia, when it emerged that the vast majority of mining and palm oil businesses in the province flout environmental laws.
 

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Malaysian bishops hail election results

PENANG (UCAN): Malaysia’s bishops have broken their collective silence following the May 9 election win by the Mahathir Mohamad-led opposition alliance, Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), over the corruption-tainted government of Najib Razak, calling it a golden opportunity to set the nation on a new course.
 
The ousting of Najib spelled the end of a six-decade ruling coalition dominated by the United National Malays Organisation (UMNO).
 

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Church workers told to quit if they run in elections

MANILA (UCAN): Any Church worker or Church organisation official running for office in Philippine local village and youth elections on May 14 will be considered as having resigned from their post, Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao, Metro Manila, has warned.
 
In a pastoral letter issued in the third week of April, the bishop said that in order to prevent allegations of undue advantage or perceptions that the institution will be used for partisan activities, Church workers or officials need to give up their posts.
 

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Election shakes up Hong Kong politics

HONG KONG (SE): Belying the entrance polls at the September 4 Legislative Council (LegCo) election, the public responded by voting not just for the traditional opposition Pan-Democrats, but a new category running under the name of Localists that advocates independence for Hong Kong.

A first-time candidate, Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, whose main platform is justice in land issues and promoting a sustainable environmental, was a big winner.

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The election and faith formation

The Legislative Council (LegCo) election on September 4 saw a record high of 2.2 million cast a vote in the highest turnout since the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997, reflecting an enthusiastic concern for social affairs and the political future of Hong Kong.








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Church pre-election seminars get lacklustre response

HONG KONG (UCAN): Although the Legislative Council (LegCo) elections in Hong Kong drew a record 1.98 million people out to the polls on September 4, a lower than usual attendance at pre-election Church-run seminars and forums may indicate a drop in interest in what the Church thinks on matters political or that parishes are politically asleep.

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A Church to inspire public life

In a message to the diocese published on July 31, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, said that the social teaching of the Church in recent years has given much importance to the active participation of the laity in public life.








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Pastoral Letter of Cardinal John Tong - Active participation in the coming election of the Legislative Council

  

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

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Bishops told to speak up and speak loud

MANILA (SE): An uncharacteristic hush has come over the normally garrulous Philippine bishops since the president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, launched a stinging attack on several of their members and the Church in general in mid-May.

The Mouth from the South referred to the bishops as sons of bitches and called the Church the most hypocritical of all institutions, as well as threatening to name those who have children or a few skeletons stored in their cupboards.

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Get political the Australian bishops urge their people

SYDNEY (SE): As Australia wades through its longest ever election campaign on the torturous road to the July 2 polling day, the bishops of the Land Down Under have released a strong appeal for Christians to pressure political parties for an end to what they call the throwaway culture espoused by the two candidates for the top job, the incumbent prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and opposition leader, Bill Shorten.

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