Tag Archives: Religious Freedom | October 4 2017

In Indonesia, a Mosque and a Church Foster Friendship Amid Religious Tensions

St. Paul’s Church in Jakarta, Indonesia. About 90 percent of Indonesia’s 260 million people are identified as Muslim, but the country has a small, influential Christian population. Credit Kemal Jufri for The New York Times

JAKARTA, Indonesia — On a tree-lined side street in the Indonesian capital sits a colonial-era Protestant church with rustic wooden pews and stained-glass windows, and an antique pipe organ built into a large wall behind the altar. Across the street is a modern, 100,000-square-foot mosque with towering arches at its entrances and a cavernous prayer area laid wall-to-wall with red ... Read More »