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Indonesian Catholic Youth Promotes Unity and Tolerance

A delegation of Catholic Youth Executives met with the Central Jakarta Mayor's Office of Government Affairs, locally known as Kesbangpol, on Thursday, January 20, to discuss national unity and tolerance.
Indonesian Catholic youth delegation. (Photo: Supplied)

A delegation of Catholic Youth Executives met with the Central Jakarta Mayor's Office of Government Affairs, locally known as Kesbangpol, on Thursday, January 20, to discuss national unity and tolerance.

Immanuel Manapa, Head of the Economic Resilience, Arts and Culture, Religion, and Society Sub-Division, agreed to this hearing activity.

The Catholic youth representative presented reports on organizational activities at this meeting on a local, regional, and national level.

According to Yulius Wahyu Tri Utomo, the Catholic Youth's Head, "as a new administration, we are required to report to Kesbangpol on the Catholic Youth's management structure and activities."

More importantly, as a Catholic Youth Organization, he stated that they are willing to collaborate with other Youth Community Organizations in Indonesia to support social activities that promote Indonesian youth unity and tolerance regardless of religion.

The Catholic youth representative informed the Jakarta Mayor's office representative that the organization recently hosted a webinar commemorating the Youth Pledge's centennial during this hearing session. Wahyu hopes that this series of activities will benefit church youth and youth from various religious backgrounds.

The Catholic youth leader concluded his presentation by highlighting several of the Catholic Youth's programs to promote tolerance and unity in Indonesia. Among these activities are those aimed at fostering religious moderation and interfaith collaboration among youth.

Meanwhile, Immanuel Manapa, the Kesbangpol office's representative, expressed gratitude for the Catholic Youth Organization's willingness to hold hearings on organizational developments.

"We at the Bakespangpol are overjoyed that members of the Catholic Youth organization have agreed to hold hearings, and we are willing to assist the organization in coordinating its activities," Immanuel stated.

"Collaboration between youth in diverse community organizations is critical and must be revitalized, all the more so in the face of a pandemic." "Youth must unite against COVID-19," Immanuel reinforced.

The Catholic youth presented a book on the Abu Dhabi Document, which resulted from a meeting between Pope Francis and High Priest Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayyeb, as part of their commitment to safeguarding and promoting the Year of Tolerance.

According to the Catholic youth leader, the document exemplifies unity and tolerance and supports government programs promoting religious moderation, a sentiment echoed by the Ministry of Religion of Indonesia

Ignatius Reyner Giovanni, Catholic youth's Deputy Chair for Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy, and Vitus Emmanuel Rahman, Deputy Secretary for Environment, attended the hearing.

With inputs from Ignatius Reyner Giovanni

 

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