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Christmas wisdom in defending humanity

  • Aloys Budi Purnomo
    Aloys Budi Purnomo

    Chairman of the Commission on Interreligious Relations and Faith Semarang Archdiocese

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Semarang   /   Sat, December 22, 2018   /  02:26 pm
Christmas wisdom in defending humanity Working the tree: Chatolics at SPM Bunda Yesus Parochial in Klaten, Central Java, create a unique Christmas tree made from rags. (JP/Magnus Kus Hendratmo)

The atmosphere for Christmas celebrations this year for Indonesian Christians is unique from a sociopolitical point of view because it takes place as the country is preparing for the 2019 presidential and legislative elections. 

And so, what can be pondered in such a context in relation to Christmas?

Of course, first of all Christmas is a liturgical traditional moment to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the savior of humankind and creation. Jesus is the leader of humanitarian defenders without discrimination. 

Here, the 2018 Christmas message of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference (KWI) and the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) is interesting for reflecting if Christians wish to experience the presence of humanitarian defenders.

In the joy of the birth of Jesus, which testifies to the great love of God ...

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