BATAM, INDONESIA – Bishop Hilarius Moa Nurak of Pangkalpinang has urged Chinese Indonesians in Bangka-Belitung province to free up some of their “busy time” and play a more active part in Church life.

“Many Catholic Chinese Indonesians are business people with a ‘time is money’ way of thinking. As such they are often busy, which prevents them from being active in Church life, particularly in their own basic ecclesial communities,” he said during a Jan 23 Mass at St Peter Church in Lubuk Baja, Batam, to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The Mass was attended by 1,500 people, mostly of Chinese descent, and concelebrated by the parish priest and two assistant priests.

“Some think they are taking part in Church life by donating money,” he said, adding that although the Church does need money it does not mean money can replace physical participation.

According to the diocese, some 18,000 out of a total of 45,000 Catholics in the diocese are of Chinese descent. The rest are from various other ethnic groups. n UCANEWS.COM

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