The Archbishop of Jakarta, Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja SJ has urged the country's Catholics to "build a new life based on the spirit of mutual forgiveness and reconciliation toward harmony, fraternity and peace."
    Preaching a homily at a mass broadcast live by the privately-run Indosiar TV, he said that despite socio-economic difficulties and the unstable situation prevailing in the country with sporadic interethnic and sectarian riots, the spirit of Easter offers a renewal of values in all life aspects.
    "The dark side of life, seen as less valuable and even disadvantageous, in and with the Risen Jesus becomes the source of salvation and has heavenly values," he added.
    Meanwhile the broadcast also relayed a message from Pope John Paul II offering a prayer for peace and tolerance among various religious communities in crisis-ridden Indonesia in an Easter message to Indonesian Catholics.
    "As Christians worldwide celebrate the resurrection of Christ, I pray for peace and tolerance among religious communities in your country. I wish that Indonesia is blessed by the merciful God with mutual understanding and love, so all are moved to cooperate for the common good," the Pope said.

9:38am 15/4/99 / UCA News


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