All five bishops serving in Indonesia's Papua and West Papua provinces have come under fire from indigenous Papuan Catholics for "staying silent" over alleged social injustices.
Church & Religion
June 14, 2017
May 17, 2017
Christian leaders from the Guild of Papuan Churches have rallied against growing radicalism in Indonesia which they claim has penetrated the Christian-majority region.
May 4, 2017
Benny Mawel, Jayapura – A Catholic bishop in Indonesia's Papua province has criticized a plan by local authorities in Jayapura to build "the world's tallest statue of Jesus," calling the move a was
March 14, 2017
Thomas Ora, Dili – Timor-Leste's Dili Diocese has declared 2017 as the Year of the Bible to boost people's faith and understanding of the Gospel as the main source of Christian life.
March 7, 2017
Thomas Ora, Dili – In a sign of how much influence the Catholic Church retains in Timor-Leste all eight presidential candidates together with 5,000 people, joined a prayer rally in Dili to mark the
August 2, 2016
Benny Mawel, Jayapura – Indonesian Catholic students have called on the government to listen to the grievances of the people of Papua and resolve longstanding conflicts.
July 23, 2016
Dylan Amirio, Dili, Timor Leste – Timor Leste is probably not on the average list when it comes to destinations for spiritual tourism, or even tourism in general.
May 16, 2016
Thomas Ora, Dili – The church in Timor-Leste honored long-married couples on Pentecost Sunday with a reminder that strong Christian families are built upon prayer, good communication, fidelity and
March 11, 2016
Cypri Jehan Paju Dale, Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesian Father John Djonga has continually found himself in trouble with security forces in West Papua.
March 4, 2016
Benny Mawel, Jayapura, Indonesia – Dozens of young Catholics in West Papua protested in the provincial capital Manokwari March 2, demanding that police stop harassing an activist priest recently qu
February 1, 2016
Thomas Ora, Timor Leste – Pope Francis has appointed Salesian Father Virgilio do Carmo da Silva, the provincial superior of the Timor-Leste province, as the new bishop of Dili, replacing Bishop Alb
August 14, 2015
Rome – Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin was given a joyful welcome upon his arrival to East Timor.
August 12, 2015
Jayapura, Jubi – – The church has demanded Papua Police to remove the Jayapura deputy police chief (Wakapolres) be fired over a raid carried out by dozens of officers around the Kingmi Church in Do
July 25, 2015
Ina Parlina and Nethy Dharma Somba, Jakarta/Jayapura – In an effort to further establish peace after last week's Tolikara incident in Papua, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo hosted religious leaders
March 14, 2015
Siteri Sauvakacolo – Support for the indigenous people of West Papua continues to gather momentum.
December 12, 2014
Nethy Dharma Somba and Margareth S.
April 14, 2014
Paulina Quintao – Catholic priests and nuns are refusing to baptise children born of incest, according to Timor-Leste Women's Communication Forum (FOKUPERS) shelter home coordinator Jud
July 3, 2013
Jayapura – Two vocal church leaders in Papua, Rev Socratez Sofyan Yoman and Dr Beny Giai held a meeting with the Dutch ambassador, Tjeerd de Zwaan, on Tuesday.
February 2, 2012
Arientha Primanita – The government has vowed to improve the infrastructure and welfare of the people of Papua, but stopped short of committing to an all-inclusive dialogue to address t
November 14, 2011
Jakarta – A politician asks the central government to grant Papuan people requests as long as the easternmost island stays within the Republic.
October 22, 2008
Dili – A move to soften tough abortion laws in mainly Catholic East Timor is stirring opposition from the powerful Church.
October 13, 2008
Dili – The East Timorese ministry of justice is preparing a penal code which would decriminalise many abortions, but with little visible public support and no public debate, civil socie
September 15, 2008
Maliana, East Timor – A few years ago Domingos Pereira and his wife did something dangerous. They quit the East Timorese Catholic Church.
June 22, 2008
Jessie Wright, Dili – Buried deep in a neighbourhood of tin-roofed shacks, between a Christian church and an English-language school, sits one of the few mosques in East Timor.
May 16, 2007
Indonesian Police are maintaining control of the Kingmi Synod Church office in the capital of Papua province, Jayapura.