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Iranian president says Iran, like Holy See, opposes terrorism

Catholic World News - November 08, 2013

Iran’s new president told Archbishop Leo Boccardi, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to Iran, that Iran opposes terrorism and extremism, according to a report by Press TV, a division of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

Archbishop Boccardi previous served as apostolic nuncio to Sudan and Eritrea.

“Today we have common objectives and enemies,” said President Hassan Rouhani, who assumed office in August. “Extremism and terrorism are our common enemies and, based on the divine teachings, human interactions and cooperation for the elimination of poverty and injustice are common objectives.”

“Some countries in our region are now plagued with security problems and civil wars, as a result of which both Muslims and Christians are suffering,” he added.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s minister of foreign affairs since August, told Archbishop Boccardi that “with regard to the ongoing extremism in Syria, the condition of people and religious minorities, including the Christians in this country, is a cause of concern for us,” according to the Islamic Revolution Document Center.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Nov. 08, 2013 7:47 AM ET USA

    Yes, but there is no mention here of just how Archbishop Boccardi kept himself from laughing out loud at this pack of bold lies. Was he biting his tongue? Pinching the palm of his hand?

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