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Pope Francis meets Iraq's top Shiite cleric Ali Sistani

Mar 07, 2021 14:41 IST | By Editorji News Desk

Pope Francis held a historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in Iraq’s Najaf to deliver a message of peace and unity. The Pope's meeting with Ali al-Sistani marked the first time a pope meeting with an Islamic cleric.

The pontiff has visited predominantly Muslim countries including Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, the United Arab Emirates and the Palestinian territories, using those trips to call for inter-religious dialogue.

The Pope's trip to Iraq is an effort to both comfort the country's ancient Christian community, and also urge Muslims to embrace Iraq’s Christian minority and deepen dialogue with other faiths.

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