Minister of Religion Wants to Invite Pope Francis to Indonesia

Jakarta, IDN Times – Minister of Religion (Menag) Yaqut Cholil Qoumas wants to invite the leader of the Catholic community, Pope Francis, to Indonesia. Yaqut said the purpose of his desire was to show the diversity of the Indonesian people.

“I want to bring Pope Francis to Indonesia to see firsthand the beauty of diversity in Indonesia, as well as to greet Indonesian Catholics directly,” Yaqut said as quoted from the Ministry of Religion’s official website, Tuesday (8/3/2022).

Yaqut made this statement while attending the National Meeting of the Commission on Interreligious Relations and Beliefs of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference in Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Bali on Monday.

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1. Hoping the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon so we can invite Pope Francis

Minister of Religion Wants to Invite Pope Francis to Show Indonesia's DiversityMinister of Religion, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas. (IDN Times/Aryodamar)

Yaqut hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon so he can invite Pope Francis to Indonesia. He then asked his staff to conduct preliminary talks regarding the invitation.

“Hopefully after normal conditions, he can come to Indonesia. I asked the Acting Director General of Catholicism to explore a plan to invite him,” he said.

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2. Yaqut claims to have met Pope Francis in 2019

Minister of Religion Wants to Invite Pope Francis to Show Indonesia's Diversity(Pope Francis delivering the 2019 Christmas message in St. Peter’s Square) vaticannews.va

Furthermore, Yaqut admitted that he had met with Pope Francis in 2019. During the meeting, Yaqut also told about the diversity of people in Indonesia.

“I told him about the beauty of tolerance in Indonesia and he (Pope Francis) said he really loves Indonesia,” he said.

3. Hope that the harmony of the Indonesian people will continue to be maintained

Minister of Religion Wants to Invite Pope Francis to Show Indonesia's DiversityMinister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas. (doc. Ministry of Religion)

Yaqut appreciated the National Meeting of the Commission on Interreligious Relations and Beliefs of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference. According to him, such activities can be a means of discussion in strengthening religious moderation.

“I hope this activity can contribute and contribute to strengthening religious moderation, for the realization of a harmonious, harmonious, peaceful and inclusive society towards a developed and prosperous Indonesia,” he said.