Wednesday, November 23, 2016

1) Jayapura bishop urged to reopen abandoned facilities

2) TNI Commander: Indonesia Meddled by `Foreign Hands`

1) Jayapura bishop urged to reopen abandoned facilities

Papua students claim closed dorms would benefit local poor, aid in formation of future leaders

Catholic students in Papua have appealed to Bishop Leo Laba Ladjar of Jayapura to reopen closed education facilities for local people.
The students met the bishop on Nov. 21, three days after Catholics celebrated the 50thanniversary of Jayapura Diocese. During the meeting they urged the bishop to reopen four church-owned dormitories in Wamena that were closed in early 2000. According to Paskalis Itlay, one of the students, Jayapura Diocese used to have four dormitories in Wamena — one was the St. Don Bosco dormitory for junior high students and three others for senior high school students. The facilities housed many poor Catholics families from remote areas who could not afford to rent housing in Wamena city. "Those facilities were also important as a training center for young Catholics who aspired to be leaders in the region," Itlay said.
The dorms were opened in the 1980s and are funded by Caritas Australia. The facilities were used to accommodate Catholic students and families from nine parishes in Jayapura Diocese, who studied in Wamena. At that time high schools existed only in cities.
They dorms closed when the foreign donations stopped. The youths said the dormitories have forged the life of many lay Catholics, but since their closure there is concern about the formation of future lay leaders. "Reopening those facilities is crucial to empower young Papuans," Itlay said, and they remain vacant.  
Bishop Ladjar agreed to discuss the matter with diocesan officials.


WEDNESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER, 2016 | 20:22 WIB
2) TNI Commander: Indonesia Meddled by `Foreign Hands`

TEMPO.COJBandung - The Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Commander, General Gatot Nurmantyo revealed that he lately received a message containing false information or hoax. “Last night I was surprised by a WA (WhatsApp) message saying that Habib Rizieq was persecuted by an individual from Kostrad,” he said Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
In order to confirm the message, Gatot ordered his men to check the validity. “It (the persecution) did not exist,” he said.
It is known that the message was sent from a gambling website in Australia and one in the United States after intelligence officers investigated it. Such incidents have convinced Gatot about the existence of “foreign hands” meddling with Indonesia’s recent series of problematic events. “The goal is to disrupt Indonesia so that Indonesia’s territories would be divided (and separating) to other countries,” he said while showing the regions of Indonesia in a map that is targeted by foreign countries.
Islands outside of Java, such as Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua, are being targeted by China, Islamic State, and the United States of America. “Honestly, I’m too bold, too reckless. But every Indonesians must know what they’re up against,” he said.
Earlier, it was reported that TNI Commander and the Chief of Indonesian National Police, General Tito Karnavian are working together in the intelligence sector related to the Third Act to Defend Islam. The aim is to conduct surveillance on the instigators of the movement that is planned to be held on November 25, 2016, and December 2, 2016.

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