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Indonesian Muslims seek better ties with new pope

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 15 2013   /  10:17 am
‘Habemus Papam!’: Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina waves as he leaves the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome on Thursday. (‘Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)(‘Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)

‘Habemus Papam!’: Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina waves as he leaves the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome on Thursday. (‘Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)Indonesia’s interfaith leaders have applauded the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the first non-European leader of the Catholic Church, saying that the Argentinian’s passion for social justice will be common ground for interfaith dialogue in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.

The 76-year-old Pope Francis, known for his ability to reach out to people, had brought new hope for better interfaith relations in Indonesia and worldwide, the religious leaders said.

He is expected to improve relations between Islam and Christianity, the world’s largest faiths, after his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, delivered a 2006 speech that was deemed offensive by M...