Julius Darmaatmadja

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Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja

Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Jakarta
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ChurchCathedral of the Assumption in Jakarta
Appointed11 January 1996
Term ended28 June 2010
PredecessorLeo Soekoto
SuccessorIgnatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo
Other postsCardinal-Priest of S. Cuore di Maria
Ordination18 December 1969
by Justinus Cardinal Darmojuwono
Consecration29 June 1983
by Justinus Cardinal Darmojuwono
Created cardinal26 November 1994
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Birth nameJulius Riyadi Darmaatmadja
Born (1934-12-20) 20 December 1934 (age 84)
Jagang, Muntilan, Magelang, Central Java, Dutch East Indies
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
MottoIn nomine Jesu
Coat of armsJulius Riyadi Darmaatmadja's coat of arms
Styles of
Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Julius Darmaatmadja[pronunciation?] (born 20 December 1934) is an Indonesian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was created a cardinal in 1994, becoming the second Indonesian to be a cardinal. He served as the Archbishop of Semarang from 1983 to 1996 and Archbishop of Jakarta from 1996 to 2010.


Darmaatmadja entered Saint Peter Canisius Minor seminary in Magelang, Central Java in 1951 and Society of Jesus in 1957. He studied philosophy from 1961 to 1964 at De Nobili College, Pontifical Athenaeum, Poona, India and theology from 1966 to 1970 at Saint Ignatius College, Yogyakarta. He was ordained priest on 18 December 1969 by Cardinal Justinus Darmojuwono. He was then assigned as parish priest in the Archdiocese of Semarang from 1971 to 1973, in Indonesian Province of the Society of Jesus from 1973 to 1978, and then as Rector of Saint Peter Canisius minor seminary from 1978 to 1981. He served as Provincial of the Indonesian Province of the Society of Jesus from 1981 to 1983.

On 19 February 1983 Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Semarang. He received episcopal consecration from Justinus Darmojuwono on 29 June 1983. On 28 April 1984, he was also appointed Ordinary of the Indonesian Military Forces (ABRI) Ordinariate.

He was created Cardinal-Priest of titular see of S Cuore di Maria by Pope John Paul II on 26 November 1994 consistory, and became the second Indonesian cardinal after Cardinal Darmojuwono, who died earlier that year. Upon the retirement of Leo Soekoto he was appointed Archbishop of Jakarta and installed on 11 January 1996. He was elected President of National Bishops' Conference of Indonesia from 1988 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2006.

He submitted his resignation upon reaching mandatory retirement age of 75 and Pope Benedict XVI accepted his retirement on 28 June 2010. He was automatically succeeded as Archbishop of Jakarta by the Coadjutor Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo.

As a Cardinal, he participated in the Papal conclave, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Although he was eligible to participate as a cardinal-elector, he did not attend the Papal conclave, 2013, following Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, due to health reasons.[1] He ceased to be a cardinal-elector on his 80th birthday December 20, 2014.


He has rejected the identification of Islam with terrorism, called upon Christians to forgive Islamic radicals behind church bombings in 2000, and was an outspoken critic of the US-led war in Iraq.[2]


  1. ^ Gheddo, Piero. "INDONESIA - VATICAN Conclave, Cardinal Darmaatmadja renounces for "health reasons" - Asia News". Asianews.it. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ Dennis Coday. "Electing a New Pope". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 14 October 2013.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Leo Soekoto SJ
Archbishop of Jakarta
Succeeded by
Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo
Preceded by
Justinus Cardinal Darmojuwono
Archbishop of Semarang
Preceded by
Justinus Cardinal Darmojuwono
Ordinary of Military Ordinariate of Indonesia
Preceded by
Jos Suwatan
FX Hadisumarta OCarm
President of Bishops' Conference of Indonesia
Succeeded by
Martin Situmorang OFMCap
Jos Suwatan