Tue Nov 5, 2013 4:39PM
Vatican’s new nuncio to Tehran Leo Boccardi submits his credentials to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on November 5, 2013.

Vatican’s new nuncio to Tehran Leo Boccardi submits his credentials to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on November 5, 2013.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani has called for dialogue between Islam and Christianity as the followers of both religions share the same divine values and face a common enemy. Rouhani made the remarks on Tuesday as he received Vatican’s new Apostolic Nuncio to Tehran Archbishop Leo Boccardi to submit his credentials. The Iranian president stressed the need for dialogue between Islam and Christianity as well as Shias and Catholics. “Today we have common objectives and enemies. 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,” the Iranian president added. “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 pointed out. Boccardi, for his part, extended the greetings of Pope Francis to Rouhani, noting that Vatican believes that the door must be always open for dialogue, so that the countries can cooperate based on mutual respect. The Holy See’s nuncio also hailed Iran's political developments following the election of President Rouhani as “very important” and praised the Islamic Republic’s decisive role in global equations, including regional peace and stability. ASH/KA/SS
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