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Indonesian Catholics celebrate World Mission Sunday in Vienna Cathedral

Indonesians attended the Vienna Cathedral Eucharist in Indonesian clothing (Photo credit:

Members of the Austrian Indonesian Christian Family (KKIA) sang Indonesian hymns during the Eucharist of the Mission Sunday at the Stephan Cathedral Church in Vienna, Austria on October 23.

In the Archdiocese of Vienna, the Eucharist was celebrated with an international touch by Auxiliary Bishop Franz Scharl and Father Karl Wallner, who is the Director of Missio Austria.

At this mass, 35 Catholic groups from different countries, among whom were from Asia, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines, and India, participated.

KKIA's chairman, Father Thomas Julivadistanto, said that during the Eucharist, KKIA sang the Kyrie in Indonesian and brought gifts.

“All members of the KKIA who attended wore traditional Indonesian attire,” he said. 

In his homily, Bishop Scharl stressed that missionary service is the duty of every baptized person, not just a small group of people with unique skills and charisma. 

“We can help by doing what we can. Mission Sunday is a chance for us to show how close we are by living together. Its physical shape is seen in contemporary collections," he added. 

Quoting the bishop, Father Julivadistanto, said, "We are still called to be missionaries even though we have flaws and can't do everything." 

"With the money we give today, we hope to help our brothers and sisters in other countries who are in need," he added.

"Because we are all Fratelli Tutti (all brothers), take advantage of the chance we have today to change the world and strengthen the brotherhood among Catholics," he concluded. 

KKIA is a group of Christians from Indonesia who live in Austria. They call themselves the "Austria-Indonesian Christian Family." 

This group holds worship on the first Saturday of every month. They switch between Catholic liturgical and Christian worship styles.

In addition, KKIA organizes activities such as pilgrimages, group rosaries, picnics, etc. Thus, the brotherhood of fellow Indonesian Christians is preserved and established in harmony. -Kasmir Nema.


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