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A Papal Visit to Paradise?

Indonesian Islamic Student Association Invite Pope Benedict XVI to Speak in Bali in 2012

(9/17/2011) The National Catholic Reporter and islamonline.net both report that representatives Indonesian Islamic Student Association (Himpunan Mahasiswa Islam (HMI)) have visited the Vatican to extend an invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to attend and speak at a conference in Bali in 2012.

Indonesia’s largest Muslim student organization, the HMI’s was founded in 1947 and has a membership, which numbers nearly 1million.

FIDES, the Vatican’s missionary news agency, reports that the HMI delegation met with Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

During the Vatican visit, the Indonesian students shared their ideas with Cardinal Tauran on ways to promote dialogue and religious pluralism through creating collaborations between Islamic and Roman Catholic communities.

Fides characterized the visit by the HMI showed how the organization has become a voice for promoting dialogue and interreligious harmony in combating extremism.