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East Timor     NEW SEMINARY TO TRAIN EAST TIMORESE PRIESTS IN OWN CULTURE
Bishop Carlos Belo, who has just ordained to the priesthood three Indonesian-trained East Timorese, has announced plans for a major seminary to help give future priests training based on East Timorese culture.
    He told UCA News that he will send the new priests to Rome, England and Portugal to study theology, communications and Portuguese language.
    "We want to prepare quality human resources to meet the increasing demand and challenge facing the East Timor Church, and particularly to prepare the teaching staff of East Timor's major seminary, which will be opened in Dili in the near future," Bishop Belo said.
    The planned major seminary will be jointly run by the two dioceses in East Timor, Dili and Baucau. "Having a major seminary of our own will help us train our seminarians in the East Timor culture," he said.
    He said that the two dioceses also plan to send young priests to study in the Philippines to learn about Asian culture, because East Timor shares the same regional culture. Priests will be sent for studies in the United States and Europe too, the bishop said.
    But while announcing the break in the link with seminary formation in Indonesia, Bishop Belo paid tribute to the help received during the period of Indonesia occupation: "These new priests will not forget the Indonesian people, especially those who assisted them in their education."
    UCAN
   
10 Aug 00



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