Peace Talk: Former Iranian President Khatami Met Pope Benedict

4 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Peace Talk: Former Iranian President Khatami Met Pope Benedict</h1><p><div class="right_image"><img height="135" src="/files/pictures/2994c438d0e0738ec9cfa6a585b53b62/original.jpg" width="180" /></div></p><p>May 4 (EIRNS)--Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami met Pope Benedict on May 4 and said the wounds between Christians and Muslims were still "very deep." The Vatican said Khatami and the Pope met for about 30 minutes and spoke through interpreters about the "dialogue among cultures" to overcome current tensions and promote peace. They also discussed the problems of minority Christians in Iran and the Middle East and encouraged peace efforts such as the conference on Iraq's future taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh.</p><p><div class="left_image"><img height="142" src="/files/pictures/f3aadd376b5306f8f3edbd6c508f6fc1/original.jpg" width="147" /></div></p><p>"These wounds are very deep. There are many wounds and they cannot heal that easily," Khatami told a conference in Rome just before the papal meeting. When asked if the wounds that followed the Pontiff's speech in his native Germany had been healed. "For sure, a meeting with the Holy Father cannot be enough to heal all these wounds but at least we are making a joint effort in order to start healing these wounds," Khatami said.</p><p>Prior to his press conference, before meeting the Pope, Khatami said no one could use God's name to "instigate war or hate or speak ignorantly of crusades". He said both religions must enter a "sincere and practical dialogue and commitment to achieve peace and eliminate terrorism and war."</p></div></body>