"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 said.
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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 right to practice their freedom of religion. It should be continued to be improved in this beloved country," he added.
The theme for the 2022 Christmas celebrations in Indonesia is “Their Return to Their Country by Another Way," which means that diversity is a gift from God that one must be grateful for, cared for, and bolstered continually.
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