23 Dec '17, 9pm

"Christians in Jakarta wary of intolerance - The Straits Times"

As staff at St Paul's Church in central Jakarta set out dozens of rattan chairs, sweets and platoons of bowls that will be used for noodles at a birthday party for one of the congregants that evening, Ms Pinky Rosalie Margaret thought about the preparations to mark a more auspicious birthday today. Starting at about 7pm on Christmas Eve, the 82-year-old Protestant house of worship, which weathered the Japanese Occupation, will host services for 6,000 congregants staggered over three sessions. Representatives from Jakarta's local government will attend. On hand, too, will be metal detectors as well as 70 police officers to ensure security. "It will be crowded. You don't know what will happen," said Ms Margaret, the church's newly appointed administrator. "It's a lot of work." Historically among Indonesia's more tolerant cities, the scene at St Paul's reflects the new normal...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/christians-in-ja...

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