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Young people to showcase culture
Delegation will present the Indonesian arts at the international youth festivalFather Yohanes Dwi Harsanto
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- June 8, 2011
â€śOur group will present the Indonesian arts at the international festival. We will show batik (traditional painted and patterned cloth) and traditional dances and songs as well,â€ť said Father Yohanes Dwi Harsanto, executive secretary of the bishopsâ€™ Commission for Youth, yesterday.
Referring to the programâ€™s theme â€śPlanted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith,â€ť he said the Indonesian delegation will emphasize the countryâ€™s special character of catechesis taking root in Jesus Christ and being instilled into the minds of young Catholics.
â€śIn short, they should internally rely on Jesus Christ and externally materialize the Pancasila (five principles),â€ť he added.
The national ideology of Pancasila, enshrined in the preamble to the 1945 constitution, stresses belief in one God, a just and civilized society, a united Indonesia, democracy guided by consensus, and social justice for all.
Prior to the program the Indonesian delegation including two bishops and 19 priests attended retreats and a preparation meeting aiming to help them shift their paradigm on the program. â€śMany young Catholics still hold to a paradigm that says the program is a chance to go on vacation. This is wrong,â€ť he asserted.
He also hoped the program will strengthen young Catholicsâ€™ faith and nationalism.
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