Indonesian priests appeal to Vatican after accusing bishop of embezzlement

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A group of priests in Indonesia’s Ruteng Diocese appealed to the Vatican to intervene and resolve a dispute with their bishop, whom they accuse of misappropriating more than $100,000 in church funds. Representatives of the priests, accompanied by a bishops’ conference official, met Archbishop Antonio Filipazzi, the outgoing apostolic nuncio in Indonesia June 16 to

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Jakarta rally brings thousands onto streets in support of Christian governor

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More than 10,000 Indonesians took to the streets of Jakarta to call for tolerance and unity in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, after police opened a blasphemy investigation into the city’s Christian governor. Earlier this month, Jakarta was rocked by a massive protest by conservative Muslims against the popular Governor Asuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama,

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Indonesia: Christians Hopeful One Year after Churches Destroyed by Extremists

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Churches destroyed a year ago by Islamic extremists and police in Aceh Singkil – a rural ‘regency’ in Indonesia’s only Sharia-ruled province – have still not been rebuilt because of discrimination against Christians by local authorities, say church leaders. However, despite the troubles, church membership is climbing. Hardliners started destroying Aceh Singkil churches in October

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Jihad attacks Catholic priest and attempts to detonate suicide bomb during Sunday Mass

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According to the Daily Mail, an 18-year-old Jihad attempted to detonate a homemade backpack during Mass. The bomb burned without igniting, prompting the boy to use an axe. The teen rushed 60-year-old Priest Albert Pandiangan and managed to slash his arm before the congregation separated the two. Members of the St. Yoseph Church in Medan,

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In Indonesia, Muslim group protests church construction

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More than a thousand Muslim demonstrators staged a rally in an Indonesian city Aug. 10, urging local authorities to revoke a building permit for a Catholic church. The protesters in a strongly Muslim area of North Bekasi, near Jakarta, claimed the leaders of the St. Clara Parish Church obtained a building permit through improper means.

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