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    Yogyakarta: Muslim leader applauds the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress

    Mathias Hariyadi

    In the Archdiocese of Semarang thousands of faithful participated in the initiative under the motto "Christ among us, to become his fruits." The local governor has sent a congratulatory message, calling on Christians to "help improve" society. He adds: be promoters of "love and dialogue."

    Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Using words and phrases characteristic of Western and Catholic language, the highest Islamic authority in the province of Yogyakarta - Indonesia - has given his support to the Eucharistic Congress, held last week by the Archdiocese of Semarang (Kas). A significant event in the world's most populous Muslim country, often the scene of attacks and incidents of persecution against religious minorities and Christianity in particular. During the three days of meetings, under the motto "Let Christ be among us, to become his fruits," the Sultan Hamengku Buwono X - Governor of the Special Autonomous Province of Yogyakarta - issued a personal message of support for the public event, held outdoors and without incident in many parishes in the area.

    The first Eucharist congress was held in Yogyakarta in July 1939, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of a Catholic foreign mission in the Sultanate. Afterwards, 25 June 1940, the erection of the vicariate of Semarang was celebrated after years of waiting. The last congress on the Eucharist in the Archdiocese took place four years ago, at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Gua Kerep, to Ambarawa.

    The three days of meetings (June 22 to 24), was attended by over 1,500 faithful from all parishes and three bishops, including the apostolic nuncio. In his message to the Catholics, the Muslim leader Hamengku Buwono X said that the words "Congress" and "Eucharist" are derived from the greek and latin, and he added that "it is time for unity between the movements and congregations in the archdiocese, to help improve "society. The Sultan and political leadership of the province has also suggested that "this conference on the Eucharist compels you to spread a culture of love and dialogue."

    Archbishop of Semarang. Johannes Sj Pujasumarta reminded the faithful of the commitment of Catholics to "strengthen civic education for the good of the nation and the Church", under the banner of the Latin motto  'pro ecclesia et patria' and ' ad maiorem Dei Gloriam'. Recalling the message of the Muslim leader, the prelate also suggested that such events can "build a thriving spirit of humanity" and should help to present "Christ to the world" through "the mystery of the Eucharist."


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