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Jakarta Post

Hindus should learn from Christians, says governor

  • Desy Nurhayati and I Wayan Juniarta

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 26 2011   /  10:00 am

Christmas was observed in Bali peacefully without any significant security disturbances.

Churches across the resort island were fully packed with devotees commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Speaking before the annual gathering of Balinese Hinduism’s most progressive clan-based organization on Sunday morning, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika urged Balinese Hindus to learn compassion from their Christian brethren.

“It is time for us, for the Balinese Hindus, to be reflective and to look to the Christians for examples,” he said at the opening ceremony of the annual congress of the Maha Gotra Pasek Sanak Sapta Rsi, an organization that boasts millions of members across Indonesia.

Pastika said Christians had immersed themselves in the liturgical aspect of their religion and translated their religion into concrete, real-life actions that benefitted ot...