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Vatican hosts dialogue with Iranian Muslims on religious extremism

November 23, 2016

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Tehran-based Islamic Culture and Relations Organization held a colloquium at the Vatican devoted to religious extremism and violence.

Topics of the colloquium—the tenth such dialogue between the two bodies, and the first since 2014—included

  • “Extremism and violence in the name of religion: the reasons of the supporters and perpetrators”
  • “Rational approach to religion: the sign of hope for wounded humanity”
  • “Humanity and its common home; the contribution of religion for having a better world”

Pope Francis received participants in the dialogue on November 23 near the main auditorium of the Paul VI Audience Hall.

In his brief remarks, the Pope recalled his meetings with Iran’s president and vice president and said they left him with a “very good impression” of Iranian culture. The Pope also asked for prayers.


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  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Nov. 24, 2016 2:05 AM ET USA

    The aims and objectives of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s "Islamic Culture and Religious Organization" are found on its official website here: