Posts Tagged ‘Timor Lesté’

Concern raised by threatened terrorist attack on Timor Lesté bishop

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Police in Timor Lesté have issued warnings about potential attacks by Islamic extremists on churches and even on Dili’s bishop Virgilio do Carma da Silva. Last week there was a heavy police presence around churches, at the bishop’s palace and Sunday Masses. Both uniformed and plain-clothed officers armed with machine guns were in evidence “I got Read more

Church centre stage in Timor Lesté election

Monday, May 14th, 2018

A debate has been raging over support for the Fretilin-led government in Timor Lesté by the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Basilio do Nascimento. Now, after Saturday’s election, it seems this Fretilin-led government is heading for defeat. With more than 99 percent of votes counted in Saturday’s poll, the Alliance of Change for Progress (AMP) Read more

New seminary looks to beat priest shortage in Timor-Leste

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Asia’s most Catholic nation, Timor-Leste, has a new seminary to tap the growing number of young people who want to study to become priests after finishing junior high school. The St. Joseph Seminary in Maliana Diocese is the country’s second minor seminary after Our Lady of Fatima in Dili, which has been the only place of Read more

Timor Lesté Church commemorates 500 years

Friday, August 21st, 2015

About 8,000 Catholics packed an open coastal area on the west side of Dili, Timor Lesté’s capital, to mark 500 years of the Church’s presence in the island nation. The Aug 15 Mass was held at Tasitolu, the site of a 1989 Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II. Catholics came from all over the Read more

Timor-Leste to sign treaty with the Vatican

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Timor-Leste will sign a concordat with the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on Aug. 15 when it celebrates 500 years of evangelization to mark the arrival of the Portuguese in 1615. The treaty has been under negotiation since 2006 but was not finalized until two months ago, Timor-Leste Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo Read more

Timor Lesté plans to clamp down on journalists

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Timor Lesté  parliament has adopted a new media law that does not differentiate between journalists and social media users. It will impose licensing for journalists and a narrow definition of a “journalist” and potentially bars foreign journalists. Journalists are expected to fall into line with the government’s media definitions and foreign reporters could be Read more

West Papua reflections from an Indonesian prison

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Brothers and Sisters of one nation and one country of West Papua, who are now moving between and under trees, in the deep and wide forests of Papua, on the coastal areas, down the valleys and on the swampy areas, who are now fighting for our rights openly or in a clandestine manner, even to Read more

Timor Lesté has a new president

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Timor Lesté has a new president. He is former guerrilla and defence chief Taur Matan Ruak. Ruak won 275,441 votes, or 61.23 per cent, while Francisco Guterres, known as “Lu Olo”, took 174,386, or 38.77 per cent, according to a count announced on Tuesday 17 April Throughout his campaign Ruak reinforced his military image. Like Lu Read more