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Religion minister invites Indonesian churches to build “religious harmony”

International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that the Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, a moderate Muslim cleric who was sworn in into the Cabinet on Christmas Eve, recently received Christian leaders and discussed building religious harmony together with the churches.


According to Detik Manado News, on the 22nd of January, he received North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey, who is also the chairman of the Daily Workers Council of the Indonesian Church Fellowship (MPH PGI), and PGI General Chairperson Pastor Gomar Gultom in Jakarta.

Although the meeting mainly concerned implementing the COVID-19 health protocol, the Minister also invited PGI to jointly build a better religious life in Indonesia.“We have to work together to build a better religious life. We are all the same and must communicate with each other and work together in building a better nation,” he said.

He also emphasised that his party, the National Awakening Party (PKB), affiliated with the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU),  Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation, is committed to paying attention to and protecting all religions, in an effort to achieve religious harmony.


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