Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Huge Statue of Christ in Indonesia

( - Asia's largest statue of Jesus Christ, measuring nearly 100 feet tall, has been unveiled in Manado, Indonesia.
Built at a cost of $540,000, the statue stands 98 feet tall. Only the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro, is taller at 128 feet.
Manado, the capital of the North Sulawesi province, is already a major center of tourism. The statue is expected to draw still more visitors.


JARay said...

This is the same country which has seen Muslims stop a priest from saying Mass for his congregation and yet they build a huge statue of Jesus!


the owl of the remove said...

Check out my blog, Father, for an interesting rumour which is getting some attention over here - he would be a good man for Westminster if true!

Cathy said...

I can't say that I like that statue much.

Jesus doesn't fly.
Jesus ascends.

(I know, I know. Jesus does what Jesus wants. Still, it reminds me of Superman/Harry Potter.)

Anonymous said...

Why no Cross!? For all the importance of the Ressurection, what speaks to most people on the planet in their times of greatest need, and certainly in Indonesia, is that God suffered and died for us.

When we suffer, it can be comforting to think that Christ has overcome death for all; but it is more powerful still to know that He suffers with us--in fact before us and for us.

Great statue--how much better if they dared to include the Cross. Is the Cross to much of a scandal for happy clappies, or is it specifically to distance themselves from Catholics, to have their 'own' symbol? Or am I just being hyper-sensitive?

Fr Justin said...

Looks like the Flying Nun!

The Perpetual Malcontent said...

"I'm the King of the World!"

Tojo said...

Beautiful Statue.
Would we, in our supposedly Christian country, be permitted to erect a marvellous sculpture?
Or would it offend the minorities?

gemoftheocean said...

I second Fr. Justin. It was the FIRST thing I thought of, even before I saw his comment...matter of fact, I even grabbed a photo of same.

Unknown said...

5 out of 8 of these comments are negative or downtrodden. What is that all about? Whether He is flying, driving, the wind is blowing on Him, or He is flourescent orange isn't the point. The point is that there is a visible symbol of hope and inspiration in one of the least likely places. I think it makes a magnificent statement without saying a word. Hope is alive and well, and the path is being prepared. Are we ready?

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