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Bishop says Catholics must 'guard culture'

Local worshippers asked to protect rebuilt cathedral and preserve its status

Bishop of Padang blesses the cathedral church hit by earthquake in 2009 Bishop of Padang blesses the cathedral church hit by earthquake in 2009
  • Windy Subanto, Padang
  • Indonesia
  • May 3, 2011
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Bishop of Padang in West Sumatra has asked local Catholics to protect a cathedral after it was chosen as a cultural heritage site by the government.

“Catholics should always be the guardians of the culture of life by putting into practice the inclusive values which are open and useful for other religious followers and the society,” Capuchin Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang said after reopening the church on May 1.

St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Cathedral was seriously damaged due to an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, devastating the province’s coastal area on September 30, 2009.

The quake killed more than 600 people, injured more than 1,000 others, and destroyed several homes, public buildings and facilities.

The re-construction work of the cathedral started in February 2010 and ended last month.

According to Bishop Situmorang, also chairman of Indonesian Bishop’s Conference, the re-construction works, which involved Catholics and other religious followers, indicated process of formation and improvement of communion among local Catholics.

“Therefore, the communion developed by local Catholics should always reflect the cathedral church building,” he asserted.

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