Rouhani felicitates Pope on Christmas, Christian new year

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a message on Wednesday, congratulated the Leader of the World Catholic Church, Pope Francis, on the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ and the start of the new Christian Year, and hoped for peaceful days in the new year.

According to a statement released by the Media Department of the Presidential Office, President Rouhani in his message wished that the new Christian year would be the year of empathy, friendship, peace and tranquility for the entire human community.

“We are necessitated to try to promote peace, security and welfare in the world through further empathy and cooperation,” the Iranian president said.

“By proposing the idea of the World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) that was unanimously approved at the UN General Assembly, the Islamic Republic of Iran has tried to take a step on this path and it is still ready to continue its efforts until achieving the ultimate and desired goal,” President Rouhani added.

The Iranian president hoped for continued health, success, happiness and prosperity for the pope and all followers of the Jesus Christ in the world.

Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world.

By Fars News Agency

 

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