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President of Iran to visit the Vatican and meet Pope Francis


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President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani to meet Pope Francis soon.

According to details, Pope Francis will soon be hosting the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican. This meeting is scheduled in November. The Iranian President will be in the Vatican on a two day visit. He will be stopping over in Italy while he will be on his way to Paris.

Hassan Rouhani will be arriving at the Vatican on November14 and during his two day visit will be meeting the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, besides, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi.

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This will not be the first time, when Pope Francis will meet an Iranian government representative. Previously, in February last year, Pope Francis met Shahindokht Molaverdi- Iranian Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs. Soon after this meeting, Molaverdi said “Certainly this pope has an ability to bring people together, which can also influence governments.”

Nonetheless, this meeting between Pope Francis and the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, will be a continuation of meeting between a Pope and Iranaina President since 1999. Previously, on March 11, 1999, Pope St. John Paul II received the then Iranian President Muhamed Khatami. Later on, when Pope John Paul passed away, the Iranian premier attended his requiem on April 8, 2005.

Nonetheless, various Iranian leaders including Presidents have visited the Vatican, yet only Pope Paul VI, was the only Pope to have visited Iran. On November 26, 1970. Pope Paul stopped over in Iran and was received by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi; when Pope Paul was on his way to Far East.

French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has already travelled to Iran several times. From 1990 and 2003, Cardinal Jean-Louis served as the Secretary for Relations with the United States and since June 25, 2007 he has chaired the Vatican representative responsible for dialogue with Muslims.