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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.

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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.

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Seminarians picked up at rally by police in Papua

JARKATA (UCAN): Catholics in the Papua province of Indonesia have denounced what they call repressive measures against them, after police detained six seminarians taking part in a peaceful rally on October 8.

Six Franciscan and Augustinian seminarians had joined other rights advocates at a rally held in the provincial capital of Jayapura.

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Muslim mother blesses son at ordination

JAKARTA (AsiaNews): During the ordination ceremony to the priesthood of Reverend Robertus Asiyanto in Flores, Indonesia, his Muslim mother, Sites Asiyah, dressed in full hijab, walked to the altar and laid hands on him in prayer.

“I’m really happy to see my son ordained a Catholic priest,” she said at the end of the celebration.

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