. Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric hold historic, symbolic meeting « JO LEE MAGAZINE

AP — Pope Francis and Iraq’s top Shiite cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority during a historic meeting in the holy city of Najaf.

The Vatican said Francis thanked al-Sistani for having “raised his voice in defense of the weakest and most persecuted” during some of the most violent times in Iraq’s recent history.

Continue reading about how religious tensions in Iraq are being resolved at AP News.

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