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Indonesia's governor to meet Pope at Vatican

Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunjamin of Bandung meets Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil. (Photo supplied)

Pope Francis will meet with Ridwan Kamil, the governor of West Java, Indonesia.

When the Bishop of Bandung, Antonius Subianto Bunjamin, went to see Governor Kamil, he told the public about this.

On May 17, in Bandung, Kamil said, "I requested permission to perform an overseas service tomorrow." An item on my agenda for visiting the Vatican was to meet with Pope Francis.

Kamil says that Pope Francis liked how the province of West Java ran the English for Ulama (Islamic cleric) program.

This program "supports the values of humanity and tolerance," said Kamil.

He further said, "The English for Ulama” program turned out to be good in international eyes, so there was an invitation from the Vatican."

Bishop Bunjamin, the Indonesian Bishops' Conference secretary, met with Governor Kamil before the invitation was made public and talked about it.

The prelate was happy with what the government was doing to encourage religious unity in Indonesia, especially in the province of West Java.

The bishop felt that the governor's meeting with the Vatican would unquestionably contribute to a more peaceful West Java Province for all religions.

Bandung is the provincial capital of West Java, an Indonesian province on the western portion of the island of Java.

The Jakarta area, the country's capital, is west of West Java province.

Jakarta is located 151.35 kilometers away from Bandung. - Kasmir Nema


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