Pope Francis hails Iran role in dialogue between Muslims and Christians

Al Manar– Pope Francis hailed the Islamic Republic’s role in dialogue between Muslims and Christians, as he met an Iranian delegation who took part in the 10th round of interfaith dialogue and fraternal encounter in Vatican.

During the Colloquium organized by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization from Tehran, Pope said he greatly appreciated the presence of those who had traveled from Iran to attend the meeting.

The Pontiff recalled with joy his meeting last January with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as well as an encounter he had with the country’s vice president for women and family affairs, Shahindokht Mowlaverdi, who visited the Vatican with a group of female professors in February 2015. That visit, he said left him with a very positive impression of Iranian culture, Vatican Radio reported.

During the two-day meeting, which concludes on Wednesday, the Muslim and Christian scholars have been sharing perspectives on “Extremism and violence in the name of religion: the reasons of the supporters and perpetrators”, “Rational approach to religion: the sign of hope for wounded humanity”, and “Humanity and its common home; the contribution of religion for having a better world”.

The 9th round of this dialogue between the Pontifical Council and the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization was held in December 2014 in Tehran on the theme “Constructive Dialogue between Muslims and Christians for the Good of Society.”