The Christian community of Indonesia is surrounded by the pain of the families of the victims of the attacks against three Christian churches in Surabaya. In the last hours, funerals and celebrations have taken place in memory of those who lost their lives in the suicide attacks of four days ago, led by a single terrorist family and claimed by the Islamic State (IS). The other day last night, the funeral of little Nathanael, eight years old, and of his elder brother Vincentius Evan, 12 took place (photo 2). The children died in the attack on the Catholic church of St. Mary Immaculate, in the district of Ngagel. Their mother, Wenny Angelina, reported serious injuries in the explosion and was admitted to hospital.

As reported by, Kurnianto, son of another of the victims said, “We extend our forgiveness to those responsible. My mother is now in the house of the Lord. But this was perhaps God’s plan. He had decided to go to the church in Ngagel, which according to the people is one of the oldest in Surabaya. On behalf of my mother, I apologize if you have made mistakes during your life, and please pray for her, now she is in heaven. My message is: please do not judge any religion, because no religion asks the faithful to do bad things. God, help Indonesia.” Accompanied by his family, Kurnianto arrived in the city the day after the attacks, to recover the body of his mother Lim and bring it back to Tangerang (Banten), the city where the family comes from.