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January 13, 2005


The entire Indonesian community of Philadelphia, including Catholics, other Christians and Muslims will sponsor a benefit cultural show on Saturday, January 15, 2005. This evening of solidarity will help to raise funds for the tsunami victims in southern Asia. There will be a presentation with music, an auction and a collection for relief efforts. The event will be in Indonesian with English translations. All are welcome.

Saturday, January 15, 2005
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saints John Neumann and Marie Goretti Catholic High School
1736 South Tenth Street

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is home to more than 6000 Indonesians. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, in a letter dated January 7, 2005, wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and asked that the Republic of Indonesia be designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This designation would allow Indonesians already in the United States to reside here legally and qualify for work authorization for a certain amount of time.

The letter to Secretary Ridge is a continuation of Cardinal Rigali's efforts on behalf of the tsunami victims. He has also asked all 275 parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to hold special collections to support the work of Catholic Relief Services. In addition, the Cardinal celebrated Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on January 5th to remember those who lost their lives and pray for anyone impacted by this tragedy.


Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications

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