Photo of Indonesian religious affairs minister at Vatican taken in 2019, before he took office

Published on 26/06/2022 at 08:31

As Indonesia Muslims prepared for the 2022 hajj, a picture was shared in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts that claim it shows the minister responsible for facilitating the annual pilgrimage instead visiting the Pope at the Vatican. However, the claim is false. While Yaqut Cholil Qoumas did visit the Vatican in June 2022, this photo was taken in September 2019, one year before he was appointed Indonesia's minister of religious affairs.