Print Version    Email to Friend
Indonesia set to host two major youth events

VAtican (UCAN): “We hope by having those two big events, we would like to expose that … Catholics are part of the Indonesian people,” Antonius Agus Sriyono, Indonesia’s ambassador to the Holy See said, as the country gears up to host  Indonesian Youth Day, from October 1 to 6 in Manado, and Asian Youth Day from 30 July 30 to 6 August 2017, in Yogyakarta, Vatican Radio reported.

“They have to have tolerance for other religions,” the ambassador said.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Ready—aim—fire

JAKARTA (AsiaNews): Indonesia is preparing to execute 40 people, most of whom are under a death sentence for drug trafficking.

The attorney general, H.M. Prasetyo, made the announcement on April 3 without disclosing the names of the condemned, although it is believed that some big time drug runners are on the list.

No date has been set for the executions, but the attorney general hinted that it might be in May.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Papua wants out from Indonesian thumb

JAYAPURA (UCAN): Peaceful demonstrations in support of Papuan independence from Indonesia were held in several areas of the predominantly Christian provinces of Papua and West Papua on April 13.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Indonesia accused of slow genocide in Papua

BRISBANE (SE): A report from a fact-finding commission of the Justice and Peace Commission from Brisbane, Australia, has concluded that there is a slow motion genocide occurring in the Indonesian province of Papua.

It accuses Indonesia of wanting to replace the Christian religion of the indigenous Papuan population with Islam.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Terrorism attacks in Jakarta rekindle fears across Asia

JAKARTA (UCAN): The January 14 terrorist attack on the entertainment and shopping district of Jakarta in Indonesia has raised fears right across Asia.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We’re so concerned about the attacks. We strongly condemn such acts that ignore humanity and (cause) such terror among the Indonesian people,” Veronica Wiwiek Sulistyo, the chairperson of the Indonesia Catholic Society Forum, said.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Presidential call for action on rights abuses met with caution

Jakarta (UCAN): “To the attorney-general, I call on you to deal with the heritage of past human rights (abuses) so that there will be no problems for all of us,” Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, said at a January 5 meeting in Jakarta.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
A colourful Indonesian Christmas

HONG KONG (SE): The Indonesian Catholic Community in Hong Kong celebrated Christmas with colour and song at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay at a Mass on the afternoon of December 25, led by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, and a morning worship service that featured well-known pop singer, Agustinus Gusti Nugroho, buoying spirits and setting the scene for a joyful day.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Indonesia blocks media to gag Papuan voices

Jakarta (UCAN): Indonesia continues to restrict foreign media access to the Christian-majority provinces of Papua and West Papua, despite assurances from the president, Joko Widodo, that reporters would have unimpeded access to the region.

Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director, Phelim Kine, said that elements of the Indonesian government have failed to deliver on Widodo’s promise to open Papua to foreign reporters.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Veloso still in limbo

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Ruperto Santos is calling on the Philippine authorities to speed up the trial of drug recruiters accused of duping a Filipino migrant worker, Mary Jane Veloso, who has been condemned to death by an Indonesian court for carrying drugs.

Jakarta has indefinitely postponed her execution while the Philippine authorities try those accused of tricking her into carrying the drugs without knowing.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Indonesia mourns its most colourful bishop

SEMARANG (AsiaNews): Always known as a colourful character and perhaps the most controversial of the bishops in Indonesia, Archbishop Johannes Pujasumarta, from Semarang in Central Java, died on November 11 at St. Elizabeth Hospital from lung cancer.

More from this section