The supreme religious authority in Iraq, Ali al-Sistani, confirmed today, Saturday, that he spoke with the Pope of the Vatican, Francis, about the great challenges that humanity faces in this era.
According to a statement by Sistani’s office, the supreme authority spoke about what many people in different countries suffer from injustice, oppression, poverty, religious and intellectual persecution, suppression of basic freedoms, and the absence of social justice, especially the wars, acts of violence, economic blockade, displacement and other things suffered by many of the peoples of our region. Especially the Palestinian people in the occupied territories.
The supreme authority pointed out the role that the great religious and spiritual leaders should play in curbing these tragedies, and what is hoped for in urging the concerned parties, especially in the great powers, to give priority to reason and wisdom and 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.
Al-Sistani stressed the importance of concerted efforts to consolidate the values of harmony, peaceful coexistence and human solidarity in all societies, based on caring for rights and mutual respect among followers of different religions and intellectual trends.
Al-Sistani praised, during his hosting of the Pope, “the status of Iraq and its glorious history and the honorable Muhammad of its various affiliations.” It was carried out by the religious authority to protect them and all those who have suffered injustice and harm in the incidents of the past years, especially during the period during which the terrorists seized vast areas in several Iraqi governorates, and practiced “criminal” acts there.
Al-Sistani wished the Supreme Pontiff, the followers of the Catholic Church, and the general public of humanity good and happiness, and thanked him for taking the trouble to travel to Najaf to make this visit.