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End of the world can wait, says Jesuit

Priest addresses faith implications at seminar, urges end to fear

End of the world can wait, says Jesuit
Jesuit Father Thomas Aquino Deshi Ramadhani
Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta
Indonesia

April 11, 2011

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A Jesuit priest told hundreds of Indonesian Catholics yesterday that they should not worry about the end of the world, but keep vigilant in faith and hope. “The end of the world is a hope which should bring joy,” said Jesuit Father Thomas Aquino Deshi Ramadhani, a Bible lecturer at Jakarta’s Driyarkara School of Philosophy and Catholic University of Atma Jaya. More than 300 people, mostly elderly, attended a seminar on April 10 organized by the Biblical Pastoral Desk of St. Joseph Church in Matraman, East Jakarta, discussing the world’s end from the Catholic perspective. “The end of the world is something we should wait for according to our faith. Strangely, we get afraid when we hear about the end of the world. What is wrong with our faith?” he asked participants. “The Bible’s journey from the beginning until the end is about the journey from the creation of ‘the first heavens and earth’ (Genesis 1) until the creation of ‘the new heaven and the new earth’ (Revelation 21),” the head of the school’s theology department said. Another speaker Karlina Supelli, Driyarkara’s cosmology and science lecturer, linked the world’s end with environmental destruction caused by mankind. “Humans’ modern consumption patterns contribute to such destruction. If these do not change, we will need two earths by 2050 so as to support our lifestyle,” she said. IJ13921.1649
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