Pope Francis and Imam of Al-Azhar Meet for the Fourth Time

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It is one more embrace between two old acquaintances, Pope Francis and the Great Imam of Al-Azhar, rector of the University of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb. It is one of the main universities for the Sunni Muslim world.

Both had a brief meeting at Casa Santa Marta. “I welcome you and I am happy,” said Pope Francis.

This is the fourth time they have met since 2016 when Imam resumed relations with the Vatican, broken since 2011. Imam of Al-Azhar and the Pope share common interests such as inter-religious dialogue and the promotion of peace.

After the brief exchange of gifts, Pope Francis bid farewell to Imam amid smiles and laughter.
“God bless you,” said Francis.