Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi declared, on March 6 of each year, a National Day for Tolerance and Coexistence on the occasion of the meeting between the Pope and Ali al-Sistani.
Al-Kazemi said in a tweet on his account on the social networking site: “On the occasion of the historic meeting between the poles of peace and tolerance, the supreme reference, Ali al-Sistani and His Holiness Pope Francis, and the meeting of religions in the historic city of Ur, we announce the designation of the sixth of March of every year as a national day. Tolerance and Coexistence in Iraq. ”
The Iraqi religious authority, Ali al-Sistani, received at his home in Najaf, southern Iraq, today, Saturday, His Holiness, Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church, and the meeting took place in a closed atmosphere.
The meeting with Pope Francis took place in Sistani’s modest house in a narrow alley in Najaf, which he has been renting for decades.
The meeting between the Pope and Sistani in Najaf comes within the framework of a quick papal tour in Iraq, and it is the first time that the Pope of the Vatican met with a higher Shiite reference.
A statement issued by the Vatican on the visit said, “Pope Francis discussed with Sistani cooperation between all religions and dialogue for the good of Iraq and the good of the region.”
For its part, the Office of the Religious Authority said that during the meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church, they discussed the great challenges facing humanity in this era, as well as the role of religious and spiritual leaders in reducing tragedies.
Ali al-Sistani’s office added, “We affirmed with Pope Francis that reason and wisdom prevail and the language of war should prevail,” as well as the importance of the values of peaceful coexistence in all societies and respect for religions.
The children were lining a street waving the flags of Iraq and the Vatican upon the arrival of the head of the Catholic Church.