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Promoting one nation under many faiths

Jesuit priest says govt and society should bury prejudices and recognize and respect all religions in Indonesia

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Promoting one nation under many faiths

Jesuit Father Johannes Hariyanto, general secretary of the Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace, wants all religions and indigenous faiths recognized by the government. (Photo: Konradus Epa/UCA News)

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For more than two decades, Jesuit Father Johannes Hariyanto has been at the forefront of interreligious dialogue in Indonesia. 

The fall of Suharto, through a series of student protests in 1998, provided the opportunity for him and other religious leaders to engage in interfaith dialogue more seriously.

Born in Semarang, Central Java, the 66-year-old priest joined other religious leaders in building mutual trust among religions in Indonesia.

“I want religious life to be regulated together by believers, unlike the Suharto era where tolerance and dialogue were put in the military’s hands,” says the priest who joined the Jesuits in 1973.

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