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  • Sunday Gospel reflection with Fr. Bill Grimm

    February 24, 2017

    We need food, clothing and such to survive, but we do not exist for the sake of those things or the other things money can buy. The value of work must be not solely in what we can acquire, but in our time and talent in doing it.

  • Jakarta election amid religious fears

    February 16, 2017

    On Feb. 15, Indonesians flocked to polling stations to elect seven governors, 76 district heads and 18 municipal leaders. However, the main focus was for the Jakarta governor election. Three candidates were in the fray — Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the incumbent Christian governor of Chinese ethnicity, popularly known as Ahok; Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; and Anies Baswedan, former national education and culture minister. This election is being seen as a litmus test for religious tolerance in Indonesia as hardliners publicly urged people not to vote for a non-Muslim candidate as well as demanding the imprisonment of Ahok, under investigation for blasphemy against the Quran. Preliminary results showed Ahok, won 43 percent of the vote, while his closest rival Anies Baswedan gained 40 percent. Yudhoyono was eliminated with only 17 percent. A candidate needed more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round to win the election outright. (Text and photos by