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Jesuit denounces university mortar attack

A mortar attack on a Jesuit university in Nicaragua has been condemned by the school’s rector as “cowardly”.

Three masked people fired a mortar at two guards standing at the main gate of the University of Central America, located in the country’s capital of Managua. No one was injured.

Fr José Alberto Idiáquez denounced “cowardly attack by para-police forces” who are “protected by the impunity guaranteed by the current (government)

He said they intimidate and kill innocent citizens at night.

The attack is the latest in a spate of violence and civil unrest in the country, which began on April 18 after President Daniel Ortega announced social security and pension reforms.

Indonesia meetings oppose extremism after killings

A Catholic church in Jakarta held a fast-breaking meal on June 1 with local Muslims in the wake of rising extremism and support for victims of church bombings in East Java in May.

About 200 Muslims from different communities, including the Gusdurian Network of activists that promotes interfaith dialogue, packed the cathedral hall at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral Church in the capital marking the middle of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn till dusk.

The schedule included a church tour inside led by Jesuit Fr Albertus Hani Rudi Hartoko.

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