Pope worried about continuing religious intolerance in Indonesia
The Holy Father has voiced fears about the fallout from religious intolerance in Indonesia during an audience on Friday with the country's Foreign Minister, Alwi Shihab.
"The minister renewed the Indonesian government's specific commitment to do everything possible to re-establish traditional religious harmony," Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said. "Finally, mention was made of the process of normalisation taking place in East Timor."
Shihab gave John Paul II a message from Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid. Later, the Foreign Minister met with Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican secretary for relations with states.
Over the past months attacks against the Christian community have escalated, especially in the Maluku archipelago.