Indonesia: 90,000 soldiers to guard Christians in 50,000 churches for Christmas services
As many as 90,000 soldiers will be guarding more than 50,000 churches across Indonesia in an effort to thwart terror attacks during Christmas.
Francis Xavier Ping Tedja, security coordinator at Santa Maria Church, told UCA News earlier this week that 70 police officers and members of Banser â€” the youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest moderate Muslim group in the country, will guard the church for Christmas services.
"We have coordinated with police, military, and Islamic groups to maintain the security, so that Catholics can attend Christmas masses comfortably and safely," Tedja said....
Why not, John? I didn't find any trouble between Catholics and Muslims listed in Indonesia since 2010. Has the article that I put up shows Catholics and Muslims have a lot in common. The ones who apparently didn't started their own country (East Timor?), and separated from Indonesia several years back. I haven't heard much about them for quite a while.
Apparently indonesi doesn't want anymore Islands splitting off from the main country.
Mike Gendron wrote: ...first, we must clear up some common misconceptions. Muslims, Jews and Christians do not worship the same God.Â "Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father"Â (1 John 2:23). ....Islam has been a religion of conversion by force ever since its founder Muhammad rode into Mecca on a stallion with a sword in the 7th century....
Considering how Islam is so opposed to Christianity, we find it fascinating that the Vatican has included the Muslims in their plan of salvation... Nearly 50 years ago, Roman Catholic Bishop Fulton Sheen predicted that Islam would be converted to Catholicism "through a summoning of the Moslems to a veneration of the Mother of God." He reasoned, "The Koran...has many passages concerning the Blessed Virgin. First of all, the Koran believes in her Immaculate Conception and also in her Virgin Birth. Mary, then, is for the Moslems the true Sayyida, or Lady." More recently in a 1998 message to Islamic leaders, Pope John Paul II declared a unity of spirit already exists. He said, "There remains a spiritual bond which unites us and which we must strive to recognize and develop." ...
https://tinyurl.com/jfc4w7c (Understanding Islam and Roman Catholicism)