Bali bishop calls for month of prayer
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Bali the Catholic Bishop of Denpasar, Benyamin Yosef Bria has issued a pastoral statement condemning terrorist attacks expressing sympathy with the grieving families and solidarity to all the Balinese.
Last Saturday evening bomb blasts in three different restaurants killed at least 27 people and injured 120. This new act of terrorism came almost on the anniversary of the mortal attacks on 12 October 2002 which left 202 dead and at least 300 injured.
Independent Catholic News reports that the Bishop has asked for special prayers for the victims and families and the country at all Masses next Sunday. he said the Catholic community will pray that Bali may find again serenity and brotherhood and that God may free humanity from the nightmare of terrorism.
The Bishop also asked Catholics in Indonesia to pray for the victims, their families and for reconciliation all through October, the month of the Rosary.
He urged Catholics to add to their Rosary prayer an intention for those who lost their lives and the grieving families and also that hearts may be reconciled. Bishop Bria said people must not lose hope, all Indonesians, Christians and Muslims, must not give up efforts for dialogue and to promote reconciliation
Commenting on the attack, Fr Ignazio Ismartono, who works in the sector of humanitarian aid and inter-religious dialogue on behalf of the Indonesian Catholic Bishops said: "This calls for a careful analysis to discover what is behind these attacks.
The political situation in this country is extremely tense since oil prices rocketed. The bomb blasts will have a disastrous effect on tourism once again causing serious harm to the economy. In society there are various parties in conflict. We hope tension subsides and that peace will prevail. As religious leaders the Bishops condemn terrorism reaffirming their commitment to promoting brotherhood between cultures and religions".
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Indonesian Bishops Condemn Attacks in Bali
6 Oct 2005