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.

    Khatami says the pope promoted religious coexistence

    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


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.