The AsiaNews news agency reports that personalities of Indonesian culture and society have said during the recent meeting between the Pope and Ayatollah al-Sistani.
The chairperson of the Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace, Professor Siti Musdah Mulia, stresses how the meeting between these two important religious figures indicates to Indonesians the urgency of putting into practice the same spirit and the will to put an end to acts of violence based on religious fundamentalism.
Professor Azyumardi Azra, a Muslim scholar and dean of the Syarif Hidayatullah National Islamic University in Jakarta between 1998 and 2006, places the historic gesture in continuity with the previous event in Abu Dhabi, where Pope Francis and the Grand Shaykh of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeeb signed the Document of Human Fraternity on February 4, 2019. Professor Azra affirms that, once again, the Holy See made a strong call to promote Fraternity between Christians and Muslims .
Finally, for Father Heri Wibowo, executive secretary of the KWI Interfaith Commission, says that this fact shows that there are no longer fears and worries, but rather the desire to “show love and respect for each other, as both high religious figures showed to the world during the meeting.”