Subject: east timor headlines/6Aug2001

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Monday 6 August 2001

1. Xanana emerges in PD campaign 
2. Bishop Belo: New diocese awaits Vatican approval

1. Xanana emerges in PD campaign (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page

Timor Lorosae Presidential candidate Xanana Gusmao made a surprise appearance at the Democracy Party (PD) campaign yesterday at the Democracy Field in Dili.

Xanana’s appearance caused a huge turnout at the PD campaign.

But the independence leader told those present that he was not campaigning for PD.

“I here to cover the event by taking pictures. I was just walking around and I decided to drop by. Am I not free to go where I like?” asked Xanana.

The independence leader was then seen taking photographs.

When PD campaign manager Constancio Pinto announced that PD was nominating Xanana as Timor Lorosae’s President and Jose Ramos-Horta as Vice-President, the crowd gathered at the Democracy Field applauded.

“Let’s not forget the sacrifices these two brothers made for the country,” said Constancio.

2. Bishop Belo: New diocese awaits Vatican approval (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page second lead)

The leader of the Dili diocese Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo said last week that the decision to start a new diocese in Timor Lorosae still was with the Vatican.

“We are still waiting for the Vatican decision. It very much depends on when Timor Lorosae becomes fully independent. If independence is in 2002, that means that the new diocese will be started in either 2004 or 2005,” said Bishop Belo in an interview with STL.

According to Bishop Belo the final Vatican decision was needed because the administrative needs of all the dioceses will be reassessed once a new government is in place.

“We will have to see the numbers of Catholics in all the districts. If for instance the number of Catholics are growing in Los Palo and if there is a need for another bishop, then we will propose it to the Vatican. It the same with the other districts,” said Bishop Belo.

Meanwhile, Bishop Belo said there were plans to start the new diocese in Same. Bishop Belo said the names of three priests had been sent to the Vatican for consideration to lead the new diocese as bishop.


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