Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/INDONESIA – New missionary Bishop in Papua, Apostle of peace in a troubled region
Merauke – Msgr. Petrus Canisius Mandagi, religious of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart , is the new Archbishop of Merauke in Papua, a peripheral region of Indonesia, located in the western part of the island of New Guinea. His presence – hopes the local Church – will be able to bring a message and an action of reconciliation and peace in a troubled region, tormented by violence and separatist turmoil. Msgr. Mandagi, 71, had been Apostolic Administrator of the same Diocese for more than a year, while he has so far served as Bishop of Amboina, in the Moluccan Islands. In those islands, a sectarian conflict and generalized violence between Christians and Muslims shook the capital Ambon and other cities in the three-year period 1998-2001. In this context, Bishop Mandagi played a key role in helping to reduce the tension between the parties in conflict, especially by defusing the factor of potential religious conflict.