Jakarta: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officially invited Pope Francis to come to Indonesia. An invitation letter was given directly by the Indonesian Ambassador at the Vatican Agus Sriyono.
"Pak Agus has met with Cardinal Parolin, the Holy See's secretary of state on January 28, 2020, conveying President Jokowi's invitation to come to Indonesia," said presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman at the Presidential Palace Complex, Jakarta on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
Pope Francis has been planning to come to the Southeast Asian region. Because of that, the Indonesian government invited the Pope to Indonesia.
According to him, the proposal will be discussed by officials from the two countries. It will depend on the pope's schedule.
Moreover, the proposed visit is expected to promote inter-faith dialogue. It is part of efforts to respect differences.
"(This) is an effort to tell the world that Indonesia is a land of tolerance, a land of all religions and a land of all faiths," he said.