The Vatican on the historic meeting: The Pope thanked Ayatollah Sayyid al-Sistani for raising his voice with the Shiite community in the face of violence in defense of the weakest and most persecuted


2021/03/06 09:59

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Press Office of the Pope of the Vatican issued, on Saturday, March 6, 2021, a statement revealing the details of Pope Francis’ meeting with the supreme religious authority, Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, in the Old City of Najaf Governorate.

The office stated in his statement, which was followed by the “obelisk”, that His Holiness the Pope met Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani in Najaf, and during the visit, which lasted about forty-five minutes, the Holy Father stressed the importance of cooperation and friendship between religious sects so that we can develop respect through Mutual and dialogue, from contributing to the good of Iraq and the region, to all mankind.

The statement added that the meeting was an opportunity for the Pope to thank Grand Ayatollah Sistani, because he raised his voice with the Shiite community in the face of violence and great difficulties in recent years, in defense of the weakest and most oppressed, stressing the sanctity of human life and the importance of the unity of the Iraqi people.

The statement continued: On the leave of the Grand Ayatollah, His Holiness the Pope repeated his prayers to God, the Creator of all, for a peaceful and fraternal future for the beloved land of Iraq, the Middle East and the whole world.

This historic meeting between the reference Sistani and the Pope is the first meeting in history between the Catholic papacy and the Shiite authority, after the Najaf governorate received the Supreme Pontiff.

Pope Francis went to the holy city of Najaf during a historic visit in which he met, His Eminence, Ali al-Sistani, after he arrived in Iraq last Friday.

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