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Governor calls for religious harmony

Catholic wants 'peace and harmony in order to achieve stability in society'

East Nusa Tenggara governor Fransiskus Lebu Raya East Nusa Tenggara governor Fransiskus Lebu Raya
  • Albertus Vincentius Rehi, Kupang
  • Indonesia
  • March 28, 2011
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An Indonesian governor has called on civil servants to maintain peace and religious harmony in East Nusa Tenggara province, eastern Indonesia.

“Civil servants must be on the front line to increase awareness and knowledge on statesmanship to people. It’s required in a pluralistic society such as Indonesia,” provincial governor Fransiskus Lebu Raya, a Catholic layman, told them on March 25.

Hundreds of civil servants attended the event held to improve the spiritual formation of members who include Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists.

“The people have suffered much and no one should lay another yoke on their shoulder. Let us create peace and harmony in order to achieve stability in society,” the governor said.

Speakers included Father Oktavianus Naif of Kupang archdiocese, Reverend Eben Nuban Timo, Muslim leader Abdul Fatah Achmad , and Pendandita Supardi, a Hindu leader.

“Harmony must be created, first in the family, then expanded to the work environment. If it is achieved, then harmony among religious believers will be achieved as well,” Father Naif said.

Muslim leader Abdul Fatah Achmad agreed. He praised all people in East Nusa Tenggara, who are mostly Christians, “for not discriminating against people despite their religious and ethnic backgrounds.”

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