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Powerful Photo Of Indonesian Muslim Woman Shaking Hands With Pope Francis

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Powerful Photo Of Indonesian Muslim Woman Shaking Hands With Pope Francis

A photo of a Muslim woman from Indonesia shaking hands with Pope Francis has received an outpouring of positive attention online.

Dewi Praswida, a 23-year-old student, was visiting the Vatican to take part in an interfaith dialog fellowship. Dewi had the opportunity to shake hands with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on June 26. At that time, Dewi introduced herself as a Muslim from Indonesia.

The image gained traction after Fadjroel Rachman posted the picture on his Instagram account (@fadjroelrachman) on Sunday. The picture has been reshared by multiple social media accounts and news outlets since.

 

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☝🏻”Jilbabku dan jubahmu bukanlah sekat untuk tidak bersaudara” – Dewi Praswida, Penerima Beasiswa Nostra Aetate. Foto ini mendadak viral. Perjumpaan sederhana yang tak biasa. Sebab tak seperti foto antar umat Katolik dan pemimpinnya, foto ini jadi terlihat istimewa. Foto seorang muslimah dari negeri dengan mayoritas berpenduduk muslim dan pemimpin milyaran umat Katolik dunia. Penegasan Dewi soal identitasnya adalah wujud penegasan akan harmoni kehidupan antar umat beragama meski secara iman berbeda. Dewi yang merupakan aktivis Gusdurian dari Jawa Tengah membawa wajah rahmat semesta alam pada Bapa Suci dan begitu sebaliknya ia mendapatkan senyum kasih untuk uluran tangan persaudaraannya. Betapa indah ..💝💝💝

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“I was the only one who shook hands with the Pope at that time. I introduced myself to him, and asked him to pray for me as well for world peace,” Dewi said as quoted by Kompas.com on Tuesday.

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