Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin expects six houses of worship of different faiths built in close proximity, such as at the Pancasila University, Jakarta, to serve beyond being mere symbols of religious tolerance in Indonesia.

"I hope that the houses of worship for (different) religions that are built close to each other will not merely remain a symbol of tolerance and reflection of mutual respect," Amin remarked here on Wednesday.

"More than that, they must also facilitate interfaith coordination and cooperation and become the unifying forces for national unity," Amin remarked.

The vice president lauded the construction of houses of worship for six religions at the Pancasila University complex in Jakarta, as it served as a proof of the universities' commitment to practicing the values of Pancasila.

"This shows the commitment of the University of Pancasila in strengthening the practice of the noble values of Pancasila and strengthening tolerance between religious communities in Indonesia," he stated.

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The six houses of worship that were built are the Graha Christian Church, Saint Peter's Catholic Church, At-Taqwa Mosque, Widya Santika Temple, Dhamma Sasana Vihara, and the Great Benevolence Temple.

Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pancasila University Education and Trustee Foundation Siswono Yudohusodo, and Rector of Pancasila University Edie Toet Hendratno, among others, were present at the inauguration.

Pancasila University is thus the only private university in Indonesia that has six different houses of worship. The initiative is expected to unify Indonesian citizens.

On another occasion, the vice president highlighted that other nations looked up to Indonesia for the religious tolerance witnessed here while citing his experience of being visited by foreigners keen on learning more about the different values.

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Translator: Fransiska N, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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