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In Indonesia ‘it is time for Catholics to speak up’

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“Ideally, laws based on Islamic teachings should only apply to Muslims. In practice, however, such laws are applied to all with no exceptions.”

In Indonesia, anti-Christian terrorist attacks will remain part of the landscape

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In Indonesia, conservative and sometimes violent Islamist tendencies have been on the rise in recent years.

Suicide bombers strike at cathedral in Indonesia

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“The suicide bombing is not only the concern of Catholics but also the concern of all the entire nation and the Indonesian state.”

Indonesian parishioners long for a church building

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“Unexpectedly, there was a strong rejection from a certain intolerant Muslim group. They protested against the Easter celebrations held on the parish’s land. I was shocked as I did not expect such thing to happen. “

In Indonesia, a Muslim community enforces, then repeals a ban on non-Muslim residents

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“This village rule contradicts Indonesian law: the Pancasila, the country’s official philosophical foundation, as well as our constitution. Intolerance like this must be avoided so that Yogyakarta’s reputation is not damaged.”

Indonesia: Being faithful on Madura Island requires patience and courage

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“It is not easy to be Catholic on Madura Island, and I pray that my children will keep their faith. My wife and I do our best to keep them close to God.”

In Indonesia, a teenager is grateful for construction of ‘real’ church

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“Now we are building a real church, the church that we’ve been missing for 17 years.”

Indonesia: the life of a Catholic teen in an ocean of Muslims

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“I am happy to live my life as a young Catholic. Although we are a minority—with people around us who are all Muslims—we can live together.”

Expert: In Indonesia ‘terrorism could strengthen moderate Islam’

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“Indonesia will certainly become more Islamic; but hopefully still within the country’s existing constitutional and democratic framework. For us Christians, the task is clear: we have to build up trusting, positive relations with mainstream Indonesian Islam.”

Church bombings in Indonesia prompt pastor’s call for forgiveness

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SURABAYA is the capital city of East Java Province, Indonesia. Like many cities in Indonesia, 80 percent of Surabaya’s population is Muslim. Most Indonesian Muslims here are members of the moderate Nahdatul Ulama, the largest Islamic organization in Indonesia. The events of Sunday (May 13, 2018, however, were evidence of the growing threat from Islamist

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