|East Timor||CHURCH TO REMAIN NEUTRAL IN AUGUST BALLOT|
Bishop Carlos Belo told a meeting last week that the Catholic Church will maintain a neutral position, and accept whatever the people decide, in the upcoming direct ballot to determine the future of the territory.
Speaking before 300 priests and men and women Religious from throughout East Timor in Dili, Bishop Belo, apostolic administrator of Dili, stressed that the local Church does not side with any political group. He urged priests and Religious to help explain details of the agreed autonomy package in honest and transparent ways, so that people could vote with a clear conscience.
The agreement, under which East Timorese people will vote on 8 August, was signed on 5 May by the foreign ministers of Indonesia and Portugal.
|10:58am 18/5/99 / UCA News|