Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo

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Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo
Cardinal, Archbishop of Jakarta
Mgr. Ignatius Suharyo, 2018.jpg
Installed28 June 2010
PredecessorJulius Cardinal Darmaatmadja
Other postsOrdinary of Military Ordinariate of Indonesia (2006-)
Cardinal-Priest of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella (2019-)
Ordination26 January 1976
by Justinus Cardinal Darmojuwono
Consecration22 August 1997
by Julius Cardinal Darmaatmadja
Created cardinal5 October 2019
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Born (1950-07-09) 9 July 1950 (age 69)
Sedayu, Yogyakarta
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsFlorentinus Amir Hardjadisastra and Theodora Murni Hardjadisastra
Previous postArchbishop of Semarang (1997-2010)
Alma materSanata Dharma University and Pontifical Urbaniana University
MottoServiens Domino Cum Omni Humilitate
Styles of
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
See Jakarta

Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo (born in 1950) is an Indonesian prelate of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Jakarta since 2010, after serving as Archbishop of Semarang from 1997 to 2009. He is commonly known as Archbishop Suharyo.[1]

Pope Francis raised him to the rank of cardinal on 5 October 2019.


Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo was born on 9 July 1950 in Sedayu, Bantul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.[1] He was the seventh of ten siblings. He graduated St. Peter Canisius Minor seminary in Mertoyudan, Central Java in 1968. He completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Theology at Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta in 1971 and doctoral degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, in 1981.[2]

He was ordained priest of Archdiocese of Semarang on 26 January 1976.[1] He joined the faculty of philosophy in Jakarta from 1981 to 1991 and headed the faculty of philosophy and sociology in Santa Dharma from 1983 to 1993. He was dean on the faculty of theology at Santa Dharma from 1993 to 1997.[2]

Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Semarang on 21 April 1997, and he received episcopal consecration from Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja on 22 August 1997.[1] He chose as his episcopal motto Cum Omni Humiltate serviens Domino ("Serving the Lord with all humility") from Acts 20:19.[2] While in that post, he served as secretary general of the Bishops' Conference of Indonesia, and a member of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.[1] He was elected secretary general of the Episcopal Conference of Indonesia in 2000 and vice president of the Conference in 2006.[2] In 2002 he participated in the Synod of Bishops on The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.[3]

He was also appointed Ordinary of the Indonesian Military Forces Ordinariate on 2 January 2006.[4]

On 25 July 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Coadjutor Archbishop of Jakarta.[5] He became Archbishop of Jakarta on June 28, 2010, when Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Julius Cardinal Darmaatmadja.[6][7] At Christmas 2012, he protested the roadblocks Indonesian Christian face in getting permission to construct churches on their own property.[2]

On 13 September 2014, Pope Francis named him a member of the Congregation for the Evangelisation People.[8]

He was elected the president of the Episcopal Conference of Indonesia in 2012.[citation needed]

He also attended the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation in October 2012 where he advocated for allowing regional bishops' conferences greater authority over translations of the Missal, noting the negative associations attached in Indonesia to the word spirit, which if unmodified indicates an evil spirit.[2] He also notes the appeal of the vernacular in Catholic prayer in contrast to the Arabic used only for prayer by the Muslim majority in Indonesia.[9] He also attended the Synod of Bishops in October 2015.[10]

On 1 September 2019, Pope Francis announced he would make him a cardinal, the third from Indonesia.[11] On 5 October 2019, Pope Francis made him Cardinal Priest of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella.[12]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Archbishop Hardjoatmodjo Ignatius Suharyo". UCAN Directory. Union of Catholic Asian News. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Quién es ... Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo?". InfoVaticana (in Spanish). 10 December 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Synod Interventions of 11th General Congregation". Zenit. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 02.01.2006" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 25.07.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 28.06.2010" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Jakarta Archdiocese welcomes new archbishop as cardinal retires". Catholic News Service. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 13.09.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Full Text of Tuesday Morning Interventions at Synod of Bishops". Zenit. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  10. ^ "XIV Assemblea Generale Ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (4-25 ottobre 2015) - Elenco dei Partecipanti, 15.09.2015" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  11. ^ Tehusijarana, Karina M. (2 September 2019). "Pope announces Jakarta archbishop to be new cardinal". Jakarta Post. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico: Assegnazione dei Titoli, 05.10.2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Julius Cardinal Darmaatmadja, SJ
Archbishop of Semarang
1997 – 2009
Succeeded by
Johannes Pujasumarta
Ordinary of Military Ordinariate of Indonesia
2006 –
Archbishop of Jakarta
2010 –