Iran-Vatican Detente?

29 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Iran’s President Hassan Rohani has informally begun a dialogue between the Islamic and Christian worlds, America, the Jesuit magazine, reported this week. He expressed hope for the alliance between Iran and the Holy See regarding major issues that shake humanity, like the fight against radicalism, injustice and poverty. Rohani’s appeal was launched on the occasion of his meeting with Archbishop Leo Boccardi, the new apostolic nuncio, on Nov. 2 in Tehran.  Rohani wrote that “Islam and Christianity need to dialogue more than ever today, as the conflicts between religions is mainly ignorance and a lack of mutual understanding. Rohani remarked that the Vatican and Iran have common enemies,” like terrorism and extremism, like the defeat of injustice and terrorism in the world. Right-wing Republican leaders flatly reject any such thesis.

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