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Christians find hope on Easter, despite pandemic, terror attacks

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, April 2, 2021   /  07:13 pm
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A congregant prays during a Good Friday service at the Catholic Church of Christ the King in Surabaya, East Java, on Friday. Attendants were required to adhere to the strict health protocols during the service to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.(Antara/Didik Suhartono)

For many Indonesian Christians, this year’s Easter celebration was a test of strength and faith, with the coronavirus pandemic still affecting the lives of millions of people and the country reeling from two recent terror attacks. Many, however, are looking to the country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive as a source of hope. Forty-three-year-old Evi Widiyastuti, from Cileungsi, Bogor, West Java, said she wished all members of the public could get vaccinated soon so that people would feel more comfortable going to work and places of worship. “As a Catholic, I long to go to church and gather for Mass with other members of the congregation,” said Evi, who is a congregant of Mary the Lady of All Nations in Bogor. Her 72-year-old father contracted COVID-19 in mid-February and was treated in the hospital for three weeks — a period Evi described as &ldquo...