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Christianity In Papua

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Christianity in Papua represents the response of Papuans to the introduction of the Christian faith by missionaries, mainly from the Netherlands, Germany and the United States. The history of Christianity in Papua is quite different from that of most other parts of Indonesia. Portuguese and Spanish missionaries, Franciscans and others, were, from 1520 onwards, active in the Moluccas and established mission posts in Tidore, Ternate, Seram, Ambon, and Banda. In 1863 the Utrecht Mission Society (Utrechtse Zendings Vereniging, UZV) joined the Heldring initiative and began work in New Guinea with the sending of full time and well-trained theologians and artisans as missionaries. Roman Catholics had been discriminated against in the Dutch East Indies. In 1925 the Catholic mission asked for a permit to settle again in Fakfak, a move that led to a serious conflict with the Protestant mission.

Keywords: Christianity; Franciscans; Indonesia; Moluccas; Netherlands; New Guinea; Papua; Protestant mission; Roman Catholics; Utrechtse Zendings Vereniging( UZV)



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