Flores, Indonesia: Crucial Role of Women in Passing on Faith
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Flores, Indonesia: Crucial Role of Women in Passing on Faith

As Maria Yuliana Farida carried the freshly harvested cocoa fruit in a basket into the backyard of her home, she murmured: “If one of these is damaged, we will have less to eat next week.” The cocoa fruit harvested in the June-July season in Indonesia’s Catholic-majority Flores Island is part of her family’s weekly income….

Indonesia: Islam’s ‘Smiling Face’.
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Indonesia: Islam’s ‘Smiling Face’.

Indonesia: a country with the largest Muslim population in the world. Of two hundred million Indonesians, approximately eighty-seven percent are Muslim, mainly Sunni. There are numerous other groups, a few with a vociferous fundamentalist bent, though a tolerant Islam based on Javan traditions dominates. A saying that has become widespread claims that Indonesia presents Islam’s…