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Parishes in Jakarta offer livestock for Eid al-Adha

JAKARTA (UCAN): Parishes in the Archdiocese of Jakarta, Indonesia, offered cattle for Eid al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) celebrations to promote brotherhood among Catholics and Muslims in the country’s capital.
In all, 42 out of 66 parishes in the archdiocese offered 234 goats and seven cows for the Eid al-Adha, which fell on August 11 this year. The festival commemorates the story of the Abraham, revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, who was willing to sacrifice his only son at God’s command.
They included Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral parish in Central Jakarta, which handed over an 800kg cow to nearby Istiqlal Mosque, and St. Joseph parish in East Jakarta, which donated a 300kg cow and two goats to local Muslims.
“This is an expression of our love. This is to show our solidarity with Muslims. I hope it can promote brotherhood among us today and tomorrow,” Divine Word Father Servatius Dange of St. Joseph parish said as he handed over the cattle to Zuli Agus, a local Muslim leader, at St. Anthony School in Matraman sub-district.
Agus welcomed the parish’s initiative and said, “As I distributed coupons to local Muslims, they were surprised and so excited at the parish participating in Eid al-Adha by offering the cattle.”
According to Laurentius Yoseph Nirmono, coordinator of the parish’s programme, it was the first time that the second oldest parish in Jakarta had offered cattle for the Islamic feast.
“We want to build good relations with our Muslim brothers and sisters and show our compassion with the disadvantaged,” he said, adding that the meat from the sacrificial animals had been distributed to about 240 Muslims, including street sellers and security guards.
Herman Sutisna, a member of the Public Order Agency, received a box of meat. “It does not matter who gives it and what their religious background is. The most important thing is that they give it to me wholeheartedly,” he said.
Meanwhile, Father Antonius Suyadi, who heads the archdiocese’s Commission for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs, said many parishes had taken part in similar initiatives since 2015.
“The aim is to promote the values of togetherness, respect and participation. In general, the initiative is welcome by Muslims since they understand that our participation is to promote togetherness, instead of being involved in their religious practices,” he explained.
However, he acknowledged that a few parishes had not participated in the initiative yet as “each parish has a different financial situation.”

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