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Catholic journalists reward the sportsman who rebuilt churches and mosques after the earthquake

The recognition of the association of local media operators assigned to 5 personalities including a scientist who worked on the anti-Covid vaccine, a singer committed against fundamentalism, a journalist and a general.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A scientist, a singer, a badminton player, an intelligence expert and a journalist. These are the five professionals awarded yesterday by the Indonesian Catholic Journalists Association (Paguyuban Wartawan Katolik Indonesia, Pwki) for their work at home and abroad.

The online ceremony was attended by over 160 members of the association and personalities, including the Indonesian ambassador to the Holy See Laurentius Amrih Jinangkung from Rome.

Carina Citra Dewi Joe is a scientist who contributed to the development of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the University of Oxford. Accepting recognition from the UK she said she feels proud as an Indonesian overseas and spoke of the importance of scientific development: “This award reflects how important it is to study science and keep the focus on vaccines, a key tool for tackling the pandemic. from Covid-19 “.

Another recognition went to the singer Cinta Laura Kiehl, of German father and Indonesian mother. She is the idol of the young, she has repeatedly spoken out against religious fundamentalism and identity politics. PWKI awarded her the prize for opposing the social “disintegration” of Indonesia.

Jonathan Christie, on the other hand, is a Catholic badminton player. After the earthquake that devastated the Muslim-majority island of Lombok in 2018, he financed the reconstruction of churches and mosques.

The last two awards were given to intelligence expert and general AM Hendropriyono, head of Indonesian intelligence and commander of Jakarta between 1993 and 1994, and to Kompas Daily Catholic journalist Pieter Gero, whose contribution to the Pwki foundation it was “undeniably important”.

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