ASIA/INDONESIA - Indonesian Bishops: it is urgent to eradicate terrorism and do justice, for the prosperity of the Country

Tuesday, 1 December 2020 terrorism   human rights   religious freedom   bishops   local churches   society  

Jakarta (Agenzia Fides) - "The bloody and violent attacks that took place in Poso are beyond our humanity and civilization and contradicts the values of humanity and religious teachings", said the Indonesian Bishops' Conference on the attack by the Islamist Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT), in which four members of the Salvation Army were killed.
In a message sent to Agenzia Fides, and published yesterday, November 30, the Bishops and all the Catholic faithful of the archipelago "express their deep condolences to the families of the victims" and "strongly condemn the brutality in Sigi which caused the death of 4 people the destruction of several houses and a church".
In the text, signed by Mgr. Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, Archbishop of Jakarta and Chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, the Bishops reiterate that they "firmly support the local and federal government, to tackle the fight against terrorism with adequate measures, do justice and ensure citizens' social security".
The Indonesian bishops firmly urge that "the terrorist group Mujahidin Indonesia Timur is to be eradicated at its roots nationwide", in order to guarantee justice and preserve the unity and prosperity of Indonesia, in all its pluralistic religious components.
The Catholic Church in Indonesia, in confirming its full support for institutions and the forces of law and order, in the fight against terrorism and all forms of violence and religious hatred, "strongly encourages all social partners to build good interreligious relations and cultivate dialogue, coexistence and harmony ". These are typical characteristics of the culture of the Indonesian people, under the motto" Unity in diversity". (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 1/12/2020)