[QODLink]
Archive
Iran's Khatami to honour pope
Iran's President Muhammad Khatami, paying tribute to Pope John Paul II's efforts to promote coexistence between religions, has said he will attend the pontiff's funeral on Friday.
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2005 23:07 GMT
Khatami says the pope promoted religious coexistence
Iran's President Muhammad Khatami, paying tribute to Pope John Paul II's efforts to promote coexistence between religions, has said he will attend the pontiff's funeral on Friday.

Khatami said on Wednesday that it would be a "very great pleasure and honour" to travel to Rome to attend the pope's funeral.

Khatami called the pope "a religious dignitary, a person who sought coexistence, moderation, dialogue between religions, someone who sought dialogue between Islam and
Christianity".

Speaking to a French television channel, he added that he wanted to show his respect for the pope.

John Paul II died on Saturday night after a protracted illness.

He was the first pope in history to set foot in a mosque during a visit to Damascus.

Since his death, he has been widely praised for building bridges with the Islamic world.

Source:
Unspecified
Topics in this article
People
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.