Yohanes Bayu Samodro (right) poses for a photo after his installation as head of the Religious Affairs Ministry’s Directorate-General for Catholic Community Guidance on Aug. 10. (Photo supplied)
Indonesia has appointed a new head of a government department that looks after the affairs of the country’s Catholic community.
Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi installed Yohanes Bayu Samodro, 48, as head of the Directorate-General for Catholic Community Guidance, or Bimas Katolik, on Aug. 10.
Samodro will serve in the high-ranking position, which had been left vacant since the July 2019 retirement of Eusebius Binsasi, for the next five years.Razi called on the new director-general to uphold the truth. “Many take the wrong path. Yet they feel comfortable with it as they have allies. So be brave and speak up for the truth even if you are a lone voice.”He also stressed the need for the new director-general “to serve society and not individuals or elites with vested interests.”