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Monday, 22 August 2016 08:55

Thousands remember Papua's first Sacred Heart missionaries

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msc logoSome 2,000 young Catholics gathered in Merauke to remember the first evangelizing mission in the Papua region by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, reports UCAN.

The event, which ended on Aug. 14, was also used to prepare Papuan youths for Indonesia Youth Day to be held in Manado, North Sulawesi in October this year.

Sacred Heart Archbishop Nicholaus Adi Saputra of Merauke said the spread of Catholicism in southern Papua began in 1905 when a group of missionaries arrived — Father Henri Nollen, Father Philipus Braun, Brother Andrian van Roesel and Brother Melchior Oomen.

"They built the first church in Wendu village," Archbishop Saputra told the gathering before encouraging everyone to continue the spirit of the first missioners and build cooperation between the church and government.

Read the full report from UCANews.