Pope Francis Says He'd Love to Visit Indonesia

Pope Francis waves at the end of the Palm Sunday mass at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday. (Reuters Photo/Pawel Kopczynski)

By : Eko Prasetyo | on 3:43 PM March 22, 2016
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Pope Francis would be pleased to visit Indonesia, he said on Monday (21/03) as he received the letter of credentials from the new Indonesian ambassador to Vatican, Antonius Agus Sriyono.

Agus Sriyono met the pope at his official residence in Vatican City, the Apostolic Palace.

Francis congratulated Agus Sriyono, saying he hoped the ambassador would help boost the relationship between the Vatican and the world's largest Muslim-majority nation.

The pope said he hoped to increase inter-religious dialog with Indonesia, referring to shared acknowledgement of Abraham, who is known as Ibrahim in Islam, as a prophet.

“Aren’t we all Abraham’s children?” said Francis.

The Indonesian government, Agus Sriyono said, has invited Pope Francis to attend the 7th Asian Youth Day event, which will be held in Indonesia from July 30 to Aug. 6, 2017.

It was not immediately clear whether the pope's stated intention to visit the archipelago meant that he would be able to attend Asian Youth Day here.

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