For an hour away from the media and Iraqi officials, the Pope of the Vatican met in Najaf today, Saturday, the Iraqi Shiite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, where a number of files were discussed.
The lenses of the photographers caught the Christian guest moving From his motorcade to Sistani’s house, meandering in the modest neighborhoods of Najaf.
For the first time, pictures of Sistani were published that gather him with Western leaders, especially since the highly regarded reference in Iraq rarely appears in the media.
Confirmation of the values of peaceful coexistence
While Sistani stressed to the Pope “his concern for Christian citizens to live like all Iraqis in security and peace and with full constitutional rights,” according to a statement issued later by His office.
The Iraqi reference also referred to the importance of establishing the values of peaceful coexistence and human solidarity.
In addition, he touched upon the role that the great religious and spiritual leaders should play in Hadd. One of the tragedies in the Arab world, and he urged the great powers to give priority to reason and wisdom, to reject the language of war, and not to expand caring for their self-interests at the expense of peoples’ rights to live in freedom and dignity.
For his part, thanked Pope Francis Al-Sistani for raising his voice in defense of the weak.
It is mentioned that the Pope had arrived in Baghdad on Friday, coming from Rome on a 4-day visit. He visits several stations, most notably the city of Mosul and Najaf, and the tourist attraction Ziggurat Ur in Dhi Qar Governorate, which is classified as one of the most important and oldest historical monuments in Iraq.