Youths 'should take part in politics'
Former activist says having strong faith is essential before starting on political path
“There are three things you must pay attention to before getting involved in politics. First, never see yourself as part of a minority group. Second, everyone is obliged to develop this nation and country. Third, you must have strong faith,” Hermawi Fransiskus Taslim told 40 Catholic university students at a June 24-25 gathering in Serang, in Banten province.
However, the former National Awakening Party activist reminded them to first recognize the vision and mission of a political party they want to join.
“It would be better if you join a political party which seeks to uphold pluralism in this country.”
Acknowledging that he always saw Jesus Christ as his role model, he described the Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World) as the foundation for Catholics wanting to enter politics for the common good.
The former chairman of the Union of Catholic University Students of the Republic of Indonesia in Medan, North Sumatra, also called on the students to take an active part in organizations.
“By being a member of an organization, you can learn many things which you may not learn at the university,” he added.
Also speaking at the gathering was Iding Mujtahidin, head of the province’s Regional Office of Religious Affairs Ministry.
In his speech, he expressed his belief that young people have clear thoughts which would be useful for improving people’s lives.
“Do things which are meaningful to all human beings,” he said.
Atambua Diocese Encourages Young People To Get Into Politics
Church activists want stronger Catholic voice in politics
'It might sound unusual to talk about caste as being part of the church but it is the truth of our context'
Chinese security agency created to oversee the persecution of Falun Gong group is among those to be inspected
Filipinos mark 150 years since Redemptorist priests became custodians of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour icon
Myanmar's new term 'Muslims in Rakhine State' is debated and seen as controversial
State government rejects call for prohibition saying consumption is a 'matter of choice'