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By Father Ernesto Amigleo CICM
Fr Bert Layson’s article, ‘Peace Process,’ January-February 2004, based on a talk he gave in Bali, Indonesia, in May 2003, evoked a response from Cathleen E. Caga-anan, a student in Manila which, with another article by Father Bert, inspired this article from a Filipino missionary in Indonesia.
‘When a Muslim saved a Christian’ by Fr Bert Layson OMI and ‘A Student’s Letter to Fr Bert’ by Cathleen E. Caga-anan in the July-August 2004 issue have inspired me to write something about our efforts at the University of Atma Jaya, Makassar, Indonesia, to promote inter–religious dialogue.
Fr. Amigleo continues his account of life in Indonesia.
A religious phenomenon in Indonesia which I never witnessed before in my life is the Muslin Lebaran. It is a month of feasting which starts from six o’ clock in the morning up to six o’clock in the evening. During this month of Lebaran all activity i.e. school, office works, business, socials are practically at a stand still. The whole city, nay the whole country, observes Lebaran. This, being the case, I started wondering why the Catholic Church in Indonesia had not move moved the Lenten season to coincide with Muslim Lebaran. That, so I thought to myself, would certainly be a very concrete way of expressing solidarity and religious unity.
By: Fr. Ernesto Amigleo, CICM