Joko Widodo visits churches to greet Christians celebrating Christmas!!

President Joko Widodo visited a number of churches in Bogor City, West Java Province, on Sunday to greet the Christians who were celebrating the 2022 Christmas.
According to a press release, he visited the Bogor City Zebaoth Congregations of Western Indonesian Protestant Church (GPIB) at around 09.10 a.m. Western Indonesia Standard Time (WIB), accompanied by Mayor of Bogor Bima Arya.
Joko Widodo visits churches to greet Christians celebrating Christmas
“I see that you are very happy to welcome Christmas this year,” the president said to the congregations.
He has expected that all Christians can celebrate this Christmas peacefully and happily.
“We should continue to maintain relations with each other, strengthen brotherhood, and bolster harmony between us,” he stated.
Furthermore, he continued his visit to the Bogor Cathedral Church.
“Let’s keep maintaining our brotherhood together and strengthening our harmony for the advancement of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. Merry Christmas, may God bless us all,” Jokowi remarked before the Bogor Cathedral Church congregations.
President Jokowi’s visit to the Christmas worship was appreciated by Head of the Bogor Cathedral Church Priest Paulus Haruno.
The priest called it a special gift for the attending Christians.
“It is really a surprise and an extraordinary gift, because there was no prior notification (of the visit). (The visit of) President Jokowi, who was accompanied by Mayor Bima Arya, adds to the joy of Christmas celebration (in this church) this year,” he noted.
Haruno has also hoped that the visit can increase the spirit of religious tolerance in Indonesia.
“Hopefully, in a situation full of tolerance, all people are given the rights to practice their freedom of  religion. It should be continued to be improved in this beloved country,” he added.
The theme for 2022 Christmas celebrations in Indonesia is “Their Return to Their Country by Another Way,” means that diversity is a gift from God that one must be grateful for, cared, and bolstered continually.
The Religious Affairs Ministry had allowed the offline Christmas celebration in churches to be attended by 100 percent of the church capacity.

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