|East Timor||PRAY FOR INDONESIANS ALSO: ARCHBISHOP|
Brisbane's Archbishop John Bathersby has asked Catholics in his archdiocese to pray not only for the East Timorese and our army of peacekeepers, but also for the Indonesian people. He said that many Indonesians are horrified at what has happened.
"At a time when the men and women of the Australian armed services are taking on the difficult and dangerous role of peacekeepers in East Timor, Australians should not allow anger or hate to dictate our words or actions towards the people of Indonesia," Archbishop Bathersby said.
"Some sections of the Indonesian army may have taken part in the murder and mayhem in East Timor. I do not for a moment believe that all Indonesian people would act the same way.
Last Sunday, members of the Indonesian Catholic community prayed for the people of East Timor at their Sunday Mass in Brisbane.
At a meeting in the Brisbane Archdiocese on Monday, an ecumenical group of agencies of churches and justice organisations (Brisbane/East Timor Co-ordinating Group) expressed their willingness to welcome East Timorese refugees to Brisbane and to provide support to settle them here in a safe haven.
Under the auspices of the St Vincent de Paul Society, and coordinated by the Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care, the group is setting up an office in South Brisbane to coordinate support for East Timor generally.
Jose Zepeda of Multicultural Pastoral Care said that some Brisbane people have volunteered their services to travel to East Timor to help rebuild the country when it is safe to do so. He said that Caritas, the Catholic overseas aid agency, will coordinate volunteer aid workers.
- Cath Comm (Bris) 11:41am 22/9/99