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Tehran hosts interreligious conference

Representatives from the Vatican and several Muslim organizations from around the world have gathered in Tehran for a three-day interreligious dialogue.

The event comes as the seventh round of meetings between the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

The conference began on Monday at the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization headquarters and was attended by senior Catholic and Muslim clergy.

President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran and Archbishop of Tehran Ramzi Garmou were among the participants in the meeting.

The conference is expected to address Christian and Muslim perspectives on a broad range of issues.

On Tuesday, Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who called for solidarity between the followers of Christianity and Islam.

“Muslim and Christian scholars can join hands and through interaction and cooperation pave the way for the advent of the Savoir,” he said.

Ahmadinejad also called on all believers to rise against “materialistic idols” and spread “the truth in religion” across the world.

The Vatican official also emphasized that Christians and Muslims should serve as models of ethics and worthy conduct for nations around the globe.

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