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Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, archbishop of Jakarta, in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

Indonesian bishops say Palm Sunday cathedral bombing ‘disgraced human dignity’

Indonesia’s Catholic bishops have strongly condemned the Palm Sunday suicide bombing on the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral on the... Read more

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, pictured Sept. 26, 2016.

Indonesian president condemns Palm Sunday bombing at Catholic cathedral

Indonesian President Joko Widodo condemned a bomb attack at a Catholic cathedral after a Palm Sunday Mass that killed two... Read more

An Indonesian policeman stands guard outside a church after an explosion in Makassar on March 28, 2021.

Palm Sunday bombing at cathedral in Indonesia injures Catholics leaving Mass

A suspected suicide bomb attack has targeted Catholics leaving a cathedral after Palm Sunday Mass on the Indonesian island of... Read more

The Indonesian flag.

Indonesian Catholic bishops call for justice in local elections

The bishops of Indonesia urged Catholics to participate in the upcoming local elections by voting for Catholics who honor the... Read more

The Indonesian flag.

Killing of catechist alarms Indonesia’s Catholic bishops

Catholic bishops in Indonesia met with government officials this week to express concern about the violence in Papua after a... Read more

Pope Francis on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis' Malta trip postponed

The Vatican stated Monday that Pope Francis’ trip to the islands of Malta and Gozo May 31 has been postponed... Read more

A Catholic church in Rantepao, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Amid terrorism fears in Indonesia, heavy security planned for Christmas

Authorities in Indonesia are expected to deploy 160,000 security personnel to ensure Christmas and New Year’s celebrations safe, according to... Read more

An inspection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Philippines, Jan. 28, 2019, a day after suicide bombs exploded at the church.

Indonesian police identify couple responsible for attack on Filipino cathedral

Indonesian authorities released Tuesday the names of a couple whom they believe to have orchestrated a January terrorist attack on... Read more

Catholic woman with schizophrenia being held for blasphemy in Indonesia 

A mentally ill woman who identified herself as a Catholic is being held for blasphemy in Indonesia after an incident... Read more

The Great Mosque of Medan.

Indonesian woman loses Supreme Court appeal over blasphemy conviction

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a Buddhist woman who was convicted of blasphemy for complaining about the... Read more

Governor Basuki Tjahaja "Ahok" Purnama (L) meets with the Australian ambassador to Indonesia, March 3, 2016.

Christian politician completes two-year sentence for blasphemy in Indonesia

An Indonesian Christian, the former governor of Jakarta was released from jail on Thursday completing a two-year long sentence for... Read more

Officials look through the wreckage of damaged buildings in Carita, Indonesia on December 23, 2018.

Pope Francis asks for prayers for Indonesia after deadly tsunami

After a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia Saturday night, killing more than 200 people and injuring hundreds more, Pope Francis has... Read more

A Catholic church in Rantepao, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Heresy-reporting app may undermine Indonesia's religious liberty

Human rights groups are criticizing a smartphone app being rolled out by the Indonesian government which would allow citizens to... Read more

A boy walks in front of tsunami debris in Palu, Indonesia on Oct. 4, 2018, after a Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami.

Pope Francis donates for Indonesia earthquake recovery

Pope Francis donated to recovery efforts in Indonesia after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Sulawesi coast leaving at least... Read more

A child stands in front of debris after an Aug. 5 earthquake on Indonesia’s Lombok island.

As death toll climbs from Indonesia quake, Catholic agency takes action

With hundreds dead and thousands left homeless by a major earthquake in Indonesia last weekend, Catholic Relief Services is working... Read more

Pope Francis at The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly Indonesian attacks

After multiple bombings at churches in Indonesia left 11 dead dozens more injured, Pope Francis prayed for the repose of... Read more

Bishop Hubertus Leteng, who resigned as Bishop of Ruteng Oct. 11, 2017.

Indonesian bishop resigns amid embezzlement, affair accusations

An Indonesian prelate resigned Wednesday as Bishop of Ruteng amid mounting concerns surrounding an alleged mistress and reportedly stolen funds.  Read more

Priest suffers minor injuries after failed suicide bomb, axe attack at Mass

A priest suffered minor injuries after a man armed with a suicide bomb and an axe attacked at Sunday Mass... Read more

Indonesia draws international outcry for executing drug traffickers

The Australian bishops joined their voices to the international condemnation of the Indonesian government's execution of foreign drug traffickers last... Read more

An officer closes the gate of Kerobokan prison in Indonesia, where Myuran Sukuraman and Andrew Chan are jailed, Feb. 10, 2015.

Jail, not death: appropriate punishment according to Australia's bishops

With two of their nationals on Indonesia's death row over drug trafficking offenses, the Australian bishops are appealing to the... Read more