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Taking care of the poor is an “evangelical duty”, pope says

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Francis celebrated Mass on the First World Day of the Poor noting that "God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.” The “great sin” against the poor is “indifference”, turning away “from a brother or sister in need,” growing “indignant at evil but do[ing] nothing about it. ...

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In Jakarta, the bishops remember the important role played by the Church in Indonesian history

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The prelates renewed their support for the nation’s values ​​of unity and harmony to which Catholics were committed before and after independence. The Vatican was among the first foreign states to recognise the new country, which the Indonesian Catholic Church helped stabilise. Mgr Albertus Soegijapranata of the Semarang Apostolic Vicariate played an important role.

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China leading Asia’s digital revolution

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Eight Chinese companies are among the top ten firms that are disrupting life with digital technology. The other two are Japanese and South Korean. The result has ben faster economic growth. The use of smartphones in lieu of credit cards has exploded.

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Indonesia plans to build a thousand eco-friendly mosques

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There are 800,000 mosques in the country. Muslim clerics, the private sector, universities and communities are called to work together. Religious leaders are in favour of environmental understanding and education. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has already issued fatwas on forest fires and mining.

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