MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, SEMARANG — A picture of Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) volunteers burying a Catholic went viral on Twitter a few weeks ago. It inspired Romo (Father) Agustinus Suryo Nugroho.
The medium met many Muhammadiyah volunteers and Catholic priests to work to together with other Catholics during this pandemic.
Romo Agustinus Suryo Nugroho told the MCCC volunteers inspired him. MCCC volunteers in Kudus and Sragen helped to bury Catholic bodies.
“I was the vicar in Sragen so I could find out the body’s name. She’s Mak Nem, the one from Krapyak, while the one who prayed (protodeacon) was Mas Yoyok,” said the Chair of Commission on Interreligious Relations and Beliefs of Western Vicars based in Semarang.
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Seeing the trending topic, Romo Suryo thanked Muhammadiyah for the services.
His gratitude on a Twitter account @JubirPartikelir got 2,729 retweets, 180 quote tweets and 11.4K likes.
“It touched many people’s heart, and it’s because of inclusiveness of Muhammadiyah volunteers,” Romo Suryo said on Monday (26/7).
“What Muhammadiyah volunteers did has driven me and Catholics to take similar roles such as doing funerals well,” he said.
Catholics believe the COVID19 exists, and they obey the government’s policy not to perform worship at church.
“They also contribute to tackle this pandemic under the command of the diocese or parish so that it’s possible to expand their contribution,” Romo Suryo said.
He, then, encouraged all people from different religious backgrounds to support vaccination and ones who’re doing self-isolation. He also wished religious leaders be role models.