Indonesian Christian Leaders offers hope to hurting nation
In their annual Christmas message, Indonesia's Catholic and Protestant leaders have urged Christians this year to heal the "nation's wounds" and not lose hope amid the escalating violence evident in the world.
"We enter the 2002 Christmas season with hurt feelings but there are also hopes of recovering," says the message, jointly issued by the Indonesian Bishops' Conference (KWI) and the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI).
The letter, signed by Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja SJ of Jakarta and Reverend Natan Setiabudi, chairmen of PGI and KWI respectively, invites Christians to "cultivate solidarity to build a culture of peace and reconciliation to recover from the nation's wounds."
20 Dec 2002