ASIA/INDONESIA - After the massacres, Christians and Muslims together in the street against terrorism

Friday, 15 January 2016 terrorism   local churches   dialogue   islam  

Jakarta (Agenzia Fides) - "We express deep condolences to the victims and condemn all forms of violence and terrorism. We pray and we work for the unity of Indonesia": says to Fides Fr. Alexius Andang Binawan, SJ, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Jakarta, in the aftermath of the suicide bombings which caused the death of 7 people and wounded 26, claimed by groups who say they are linked to ISIS (Islamic State). The Vicar, who spoke to Fides, expressing the sentiments of the local Catholic community, reports that on Sunday, 17 January, the Catholic community will be alongside the Muslims of the largest Muslim organizations in Indonesia, "Muhammadiyah" and "Nahdlatul Ulama", in the impressive demonstration that will cross the streets of the capital (more than ten thousand people are announced) "to say no to any form of extremism, violence and terrorism".
Fr. Binawan tells Fides: "We are shocked but life in the capital continues normally. As the government and public officials say, we have also told the faithful not to be overcome by the fear of terrorism. Terrorists want visibility and demonstrate the supposed weakness of the government. Indonesian people will respond in a united manner, with firmness and dignity, without fear".
"Many religious leaders - continues the Vicar - have condemned terrorism, stressing that it has nothing to do with religion and expresses strong hopes for unity", which will be demonstrated concretely in the public demonstration on 17 January. "We will be in the street with Muslims and Christians and believers of all faiths to reaffirm the national motto 'unity in diversity', and to express our unity in opposing to all forms of violence that goes against man. As Christians we are next to all other citizens and will continue to pray for the victims and for a prosperous and peaceful future of our nation". (PA) (Agenzia Fides 15/01/2016)