Indonesia’s Covid-hit religious leaders give hope to their flocks


On July 28, Pastor Marselinus Monang Sijabat, the head of the St Lusia Church in Pakpak Bharat Regency in North Sumatra, Indonesia, began to feel decidedly unwell.

By August 2, the Catholic priest, 42, had received a double diagnosis – typhus and Covid-19.

Sijabat couldn’t be sure where he caught the coronavirus; due to the nature of his work it could have been any number of places.

“Even in this pandemic, I still have to do my job,” he said. “I am still going to serve my community because…

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