Indonesian cathedral reveals 100 nativity scenes

Indonesian cathedral exhibits 100 nativity scenes

17-day occasion is a brand new means of evangelization, says Bogor bishop

A nativity scene on show at Beatae Mariae Virginis Cathedral Church in Bogor of Indonesia’s West Java province. (Picture: Beatae Mariae Virginis Cathedral Church)

Printed: December 23, 2022 06:39 AM GMT

Up to date: December 23, 2022 07:25 AM GMT

A cathedral in Indonesia has kicked off the nation’s first-ever exhibition showcasing 100 nativity scenes, as Christians resume public Christmas celebrations within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The 17-day occasion at Beatae Mariae Virginis Cathedral Church in Bogor in West Java province runs from Dec. 23 to Jan. 8, a church official stated.

The occasion takes inspiration from Pope Francis’ invitation to keep up the holy traditions of the Catholic Church as highlighted in his 2019 Apostolic Letter Admirabile Signum on the That means and Significance of the Nativity Scene, stated Father Alfonsus Sombolinggi, coordinator of the exhibition

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The pope stated that “as we ponder this facet of the nativity scene, we’re referred to as to replicate on the accountability of each Christian to unfold the Gospel” and “every of us is known as to bear glad tidings to all, testifying by our sensible works of mercy to the enjoyment of realizing Jesus and his love.”

Father Sombolinggi stated the occasion goals to assist folks notice the importance of the delivery of Jesus.

“We wish Catholic households to see this Christmas second as a treasure for his or her youngsters to have a greater understanding of the delivery of Jesus. We additionally need to make this Christmas a particular second for them,” the priest stated.

“How lovely it’s to see them coming to this exhibition altogether. How lovely it’s to see all of them having fun with the Christmas pleasure collectively.”

The priest stated Catholic people and households in addition to Catholic college youngsters took half in making the nativity scenes with numerous supplies, equivalent to used cardboard and cement.

The exhibition is the primary of its sort in Indonesia and is open to all, he stated

“It’s open to followers of all different religions. It’s spiritual tourism for all trustworthy. We invited the Bogor mayor, who’s a Muslim,” he stated.

Franciscan Bishop Paskalis Bruno Syukur of Bogor stated the Catholic Church has maintained a practice of constructing nativity scenes in an effort to assist Catholics to deepen their religion concerning the delivery of Jesus.

“It is sort of a visualization of the incarnation thriller of God changing into a person,” he informed UCA Information.

The bishop, the secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops’ Convention of Indonesia, stated the exhibition is a brand new means of evangelization.

“Such visualization is a brand new creativity. We are able to see on this exhibition that members use totally different supplies to make the nativity scenes. Some make baby Jesus statues in line with their very own cultures, for instance, there are Javanese and Florinese baby Jesus statues. It is a means of latest evangelization,” he stated.

Fransiska Romana Cecilia, an area Catholic, stated the exhibition helps her perceive higher the which means of the delivery of Jesus.

“To me, this exhibition helps me to really feel extra the enjoyment of Christmas. The nativity scenes are so colourful with all their ornaments,” she stated, including that such an occasion brings pleasure for native Catholics who didn’t maintain any main Christmas packages up to now three years as a result of pandemic.

Bogor Metropolis Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto hailed the exhibition.

“Jesus reveals a common worth to the world. I feel each faith has such worth, which is the worth of simplicity. And I feel that is the substance of the exhibition — the symbolization of simplicity which is dealing with a degradation,” Sugiarto, a Muslim, informed UCA Information.

“We’re a lot drifted away by the worldly items, luxurious and hedonism. So, I feel the exhibition of [the Catholic Church’s] reminds us concerning the worth of simplicity.”

He additionally stated the exhibition helps deepen mutual understanding amongst folks of assorted faiths.

“They arrive to the exhibition to get a greater understanding [of the Catholic faith] and to enhance mutual respect,” he stated.         

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