During the ceremony to launch and hand over the 2023 Indonesian Youth Day (IYD) cross in Palembang, Indonesia, on November 20, Archbishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono of the Archdiocese of Palembang told young people to be happy in their pursuit of holiness.
"Let us write down opinions, reflections, and sermons that soothe and reconcile the hearts of many people and upload photos about the beauty of living together in the midst of differences that inspire people to care about others and the natural environment," said a joint Christmas message released on November 21, the Indonesian Bishops' Conference (KWI) and the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI).
The Indonesian Catholic community has swung into action to respond to the emergency situation caused by the earthquake in Cianjur on November 21, 2022, in which 268 people died and hundreds more are still missing.
Bishop Antonius Subianto Benjamin, OSC, urged Indonesian Catholics to help build Christ's mission by showing the true face of the Indonesian Church, which is 100% Indonesian and 100% Catholic, as one of the efforts to realize a truly synodal congregation, where fellowship, participation, and mission spirit are built together.
"Everyone is welcome as we pray and stand in solidarity for Christians around the world being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ," said Msgr. Gerardo Santos, ACN Philippines’ chief operating officer.
“56 people have perished and are currently being treated at the Cianjur District Hospital, and over 700 people have been injured," said Suharyanto, the head of the National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure.
"The Indonesian Catholic Journalists Association met with Pope Francis to spread the message of world peace, as required by the Preamble to the Indonesian Constitution and the Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together."