October 10, 2011

Indonesian Church leaders met in an emergency session to call for calm after a suicide bomb attack on a Protestant church, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported.

The attack Sept. 25 on a church in Solo, which killed the bomber and injured more than 20 people, was the latest in a series of violent acts against the Christian minority in the Ambon region of Indonesia.

Archbishop Johannes Pujasumarta of Semarang, who visited the church and consoled victims, helped organize an emergency summit in Jakarta Sept. 26 with representatives of the Christian and Islamic groups.

A statement by participants urged people of all faiths to refrain from violently responding to the attack since "the language of violence does not solve any problem," Fides said.