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Indonesian Catholic Foundation forms future leaders in ethics
For 25 years, the Bhumiksara Foundation works - in Muslim majority context- for the creation of a better ruling class for the country. Among its priorities, the fight against corruption in the public and private sectors. And the support of the Church in the work of education and proclamation of the Word of God
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - A Catholic
foundation that looks at the country's youth, to contribute to the formation of
a new generation that can participate more actively in the political life of
Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world. This is the work,
among many others, promoted by Bhumiksara Foundation (Bf), which on May 4
celebrated with a solemn liturgy - presided over by the Archbishop of Jakarta -
the 25th anniversary of its founding. The non-profit organization, which aims
to be at the service of the Church and State, marked a quarter century of life
under the slogan: "Education
is God's Calling."
The mass for the 25th anniversary
of the foundation was celebrated by Msgr. Ignatius Suharyo, archbishop of the
capital, together with Msgr. FX Hadisumarta and the professor and theologian
Fr. BS Mardiaatmadja. Making it a particularly significant event, the
Indonesian Bishops' Conference recognition that the Bf has done much to "form
young and qualified Catholics" with the potential to "obtain
leadership roles and become examples of leadership that is greatly needed in
the country" .
In addition to training courses, seminars and cutting-edge curricula, the
Foundation has followed the Church's mission "to proclaim the Word of
God" through the preparation of students and professionals. Bishop Suharyo
confirms that "their presence is positive testimony of the presence of the
Church" bringing "light and hope to society."
Over the past two years
Bhumiksara Foundation has held a series of conferences and seminars on
leadership and good governance, the young participants, future leaders in the
public or private enterprises, were taught the ethical values at the
foundations of work, with a particular reference to the fight against
corruption, one of the endemic problems of the country.
In Indonesia, the
most populous Muslim nation in the world, Catholics are a small minority of
about seven million people, equivalent to about 3% of the total population. In
the Archdiocese of Jakarta, the faithful reach 3.6% of the population. The
constitution provides for freedom of religion, but the community is the victim
of incidents of violence and abuse, especially in areas where the extremist
vision of Islam is more entrenched, such as in Aceh. They are an active part in
society and contribute to the development of the nation or the work of aid
during emergencies, as was the case during the
devastating flood last January.
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