Posts Tagged ‘Indonesian Christians’

President Widodo meets with Catholic bishops

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

President Joko Widodo paid a visit to the headquarters of the Bishop’s Conference of Indonesia (KWI) in Jakarta on August 24. Widodo was welcomed by KWI president Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta, secretary-general Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunjamin of Bandung and 8 other bishops. “In the meeting, I talked about issues related to the Pancasila [the Read more

Indonesian Catholics urged to be vigilant in Holy Week

Monday, March 19th, 2018
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As there has been an increase in violence committed against parishes throughout Indonesia, Church officials in the country have urged Catholics to be vigilant, especially during Holy Week. “We call on each parish and mission station to stay alert ahead of the observance of Holy Week and Easter,” said Father Felix Astono Atmojo, vicar-general of Read more

Muslims – Catholics join against blasphemy

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Muslim activists in Indonesia want police to charge one of their hard-line clerics with blasphemy. They have joined Catholic students who accuse the cleric of insulting Christianity. They accuse the leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, Rizieq Syihab, of mocking Christians following a sermon on Christmas Day. He reportedly said, “If God gave birth, then Read more

Vigils held for imprisoned Indonesian Christian leader

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Nightly candlelight vigils have been held in cities across Indonesia since Tuesday when the governor of the capital Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, was found guilty and sentenced to two years prison. Indonesians abroad also held vigils in cities including Amsterdam, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. Months of huge protests against Ahok by Islamic hardliners and Read more

Jakarta’s election result a challenge to democracy

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

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

5000 stage rally calling for Papuan Independence

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

An estimated 5,000 Papuans, including members of the pro-independence National Committee for West Papua, activists and university students as well as seminarians, staged a rally calling for independence in Jayapura, Papua province, on April 13. Peaceful demonstrations supporting Papuan independence were held in several parts on the predominantly Christian Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Read more

Indonesian police warn of possible Christmas terror attacks

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Last week Indonesia’s National police chief Sutarman said  extremists may be planning terror attackson Christians at Christmas and New Year celebrations in Jakarta and other parts of the country. “The terrorists have cells everywhere and they are active. We are continuing to pursue them,” Sutarman,  told reporters in Jakarta. Since 2000, when improvised bombs disguised as Read more

Church bulldozed – violence against Christians in Indonesia

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Violence against Christians in Indonesia continues with a number of new incidents occurring last week. On Thursday, the congregation of the Batak Protestant Church (HKBP) in Taman Sari, Setu district in Bekasi regency, watched the local administration demolish their unfinished church building. The congregation formed a barrier between their church and the idling bulldozer. They Read more

Islamist mob hurls urine at Indonesian Christians

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

JAKARTA: A mob of 600 Islamic hardliners threw plastic bags filled with urine at an Indonesian Christians who were celebrating the ascension of Christ, a lawyer said on Friday. The attack, during which stones and dirt were also hurled, occurred on Thursday as around 100 Christians prepared to hold a service at a church in Read more