‘I love this place. I love the people,’ tells Monseigneur Marco Sprizzi about Timor-Leste. Two years ago, in January 2019, he arrived in Dili. He is acting nuncio, the Vatican’s ambassador, for Timor-Leste and Malaysia. Early 2021 the new permanent nuncio takes office.

Tempotimor (Dili) - The Vatican Embassy in Dili is ‘still optimistic’ that Pope Francis will visit Timor-Leste this year. Recently president Francisco Guterres – Lú-Olo – sent an official invitation to the Holy Father. The bishops conference of Timor-Leste united itself behind the initiative.

Tempo Timor (Dili) - This morning judge Eusebio Xavier Vitor decided that an ex-priest R.D.is sent to Dili main prison in Becora for preventive detention. R.D., who originally is from the United States, has been accused of sexually abusing children in the shelter Topu Honis in Oecusse which he set up in the early nineties.

The former priest who is under investigation for sexually abusing girls in an orphanage in Oecusse, has been arrested again. The suspect was under ‘house arrest’ in Maliana, but was spotted on the ferry ‘Success’ which left Dili harbour on Tuesday afternoon (12 November). When he arrived in Oecusse early Wednesday morning (13 November) the police was waiting for the ex-priest in the port, arrested him and took him to the police station in Oecusse. ‘I am acting on the orders of the PGR,’ confirmed Arnaldo de Araujo, the police commander in Oecusse to Tempo Timor by telephone, referring to the Prosecutor General of the Republic.

Tempo Timor (Dili) - The catholic church needs to reach out and support the children who are victims of sexual abuse committed by a former priest in Oecusse, says Fokupers in an open letter to archbishop Dom Virgílio do Carmo da Silva of Timor-Leste, which was published today. The church needs to listen to the victims and to help them to speak about the crimes committed against them, states Fokupers, an organization supporting women and children who are victims of crimes.

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