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Published On: Sat, Jun 2nd, 2012

Indonesia Christians celebrate Pentecost on Palace steps

The faithful of the Yasmin Church in Bogor and members of the Hkbp FiladelfiaProtestant community celebrated the feast of Pentecost, yesterday in Jakarta, in front of the Presidential Palace.

The Christians gathered near the home of the head of state of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono because deprived of their places of worship: both churches, in fact, have been closed by local authorities and areas are the focus of a litigation in progress that has been ongoing for years. And to no avail, so far, the pronouncements of the Supreme Court which established the right of religious minority – Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world – to use the places of worship because they hold rightful ownership.

The Christian community celebrated the feast of Pentecost outdoors under a blazing sun, not far from the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta. For the second time in a few weeks, the faithful have chosen the home of Yudhoyono as a symbolic place of protest to ask for “justice” on places of worship.

Full story: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Indonesian-Christians:-Pentecost-in-front-of-the-Presidential-Palace,-for-religious-freedom-24864.html

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