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OBLIGATION TO VOTE IN the new federation of the West

Indies Catholics have been reminded by the Hierarchy of their serious obligation to exercise their right to vote.

In their message, the Bishops, taking note of the forthcoming elections this month to choose deputies for service in the first legislative council, said that the right to vote in elections "imposes on those who enjoy the franchise a serious obligation to exercise it unless there is some personal reason of paramount importance justifying abstention."

They reiterated the Church's stand on birth prevention. At present intensive birth control propaganda is being conducted throughout the federation by the International Planned Parenthood Association.

There is some anxiety among Catholic circles in Jakarta, Indonesia, over the possibility that the stand taken by the antiCommunist " rebel colonels" on the island of Sumatra may only consolidate Communist influence within the central government there.

The small Catholic minority in Jakarta, has, however, considerable sympathy for the strong antiCommunist stand taken by the Sumatra rebels.

Catholic support for the rebels in Padang is not expected to have any major repercussions on the Church in Indonesia as a whole, inasmuch as the Padang prefecture counts only 6,000 Catholics

million.

Thetotal population of three The case in North Celebes 1,700 miles to the cast could be more significant, however. The Catholic population in that area which has also shown support for the " rebel colonels" comes to 42.000 in a total of two million people.




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