The Archbishop informs that now there is the parish priest, police officers, civil authorities and many ordinary Muslim people on the spot, who have come to express sympathy and also to help clean up the church. "The police are investigating. Acts of desecration like this are perceived as a shame for the whole society", he declares.
Mgr. Sudarso, on expressing condemnation and bitterness, reports that the response of the local Church is "the search for justice, according to the rule of law, without falling into the trap of emotional reaction: we are saddened by this act but the solidarity received by many Muslims consoles us", he observes.
In Palembang, the Archdiocese that embraces three provinces, there are a total of 13 million inhabitants, 80 thousand Catholics, divided into 26 parishes. (PA) (Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 8/3/2018)