Pacific

Jakarta’s election result a challenge to democracy Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta’s first Christian governor, has conceded defeat to Anies Rasyid Baswedan, a Muslim and former government minister in a vote seen by many as a test of Indonesia’s secular identity. “It’s a challenge for Indonesia’s democracy,” said Bonar Tigor Naipospos, vice chairman of the executive board of the Setara Institute for Democracy Read more

Religious freedom is absolute Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Fijian Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa used Easter as an opportunity to call for Fiji to safeguard religious freedom in Fiji. “Fiji must be committed to safeguarding and upholding this fundamental human right, by defending the right of every citizen to practise Christianity or any other religion at home and abroad.” Kepa said Easter was a Read more

Neocatechumenal Way under fire in Guam Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017
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Archbishop Michael Byrnes issued pastoral letter last month asking the Neocatechumenal Way to put a one-year pause on the formation of its new communities on Guam. He also asked them to celebrate Mass in accordance with the Catholic Church’s general instructions and norms. Byrnes said he intends to appoint a priest delegate to review the Read more

122 men face charges over sorcery murders Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017
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99 men charged over the killings of seven people, whom they believed were practising sorcery, appeared in Court in Papua New Guinea on March 23. Earlier on 122 suspects had appeared in court charged with wilful murder – in relation to the same incident in April 2014.he suspects were detained at Gusap police station and Read more

Young and old struggle to support their families Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
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A lot of Samoan people are saying it is getting hard to earn enough to support their families. 21-year old Fereti Maiava wants to plan his future and that of his young family properly. He told Village Voice that family and church obligations are a big problem. “When it comes to family faalavelave, church and Read more

Cardinal cancels Rome visit Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
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Tonga’s Cardinal Mafi  is recovering in Auckland after he was rushed to the Middlemore Hospital last weekend. On Monday night the Counties Manukau Health Board said Mafi’s condition was stable His condition is not believed to be serious and he will probably be discharged in the next day or so. A spokesperson from the Catholic Read more

Church policy on misconduct Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

The Catholic Church in Fiji  has in place a policy on misconduct and sexual abuse, says Roman Catholic Church Archbishop of Suva Peter Loy Chong. He stated this during an interview by this newspaper after being questioned on few cases where Catholic priests were reported to have molested women in the past. Continue reading

Seabed mining – Negatives outweigh positives says Caritas PNG forum Comments 0

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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Caritas coordinators from 19 Catholic Dioceses of the Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea oppose the decision to experiment with seabed mining. The group have issued a statement saying the negative impacts of the mine greatly outweigh the anticipated benefits. “Therefore, in solidarity with Alliance of Solwara Warriors, Bismarck Ramu Group, and other concerned organisations, Read more

Court decision a good lesson for all church leaders Comments 0

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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Lawyer Leulua’ialii Olinda Woodroffe says the recent  decision by Samoa’s the court of appeal would be good lesson for the all church leaders to follow. “The churches take a lot of money from the people and we need to change the attitude of ministers,” she said. “They are not God. They go to church that Read more

Government need to think hard before asking pastors to pay tax Comments 0

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
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Different churches in Samoa have their own systems for collecting money. So, to be fair, that has to take that into account when asking churches to pay tax. Samoa’s National Council of Churches does not have an official opinion on the plan by the Ministry of Revenue to tax pastors and clergy. “We will leave Read more