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Pope appreciates Iranians' sentiments for Mary, Jesus Christ

Rome, Dec 27, IRNA-Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday appreciated Iranians' sentiments for Mary and Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Them).

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday in a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the Holy See delivered a written message from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

During the audience which lasted 45 minutes, the Pope thanked Ahmadinejad for the message and appreciated sentiments of the Iranians for Mary and the Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Them).

The Pope said that justice in absence of belief in God and peace in absence of justice are impossible.

The pontiff said that Iran and Vatican have a 50-year relationship and they need the 'Light of God' and ethical values which are fundamentals for peace.

"We should help a just peace in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq," the Pope said.

Pope Benedict XVI said, "Vatican is ready to cooperate with the Islamic Republic of Iran to safeguard common values of great religions and fulfill common responsibility before God to help the humanity get out of the current catastrophes. We should make efforts practically and realistically in this respect.

"I appreciate the religious tolerance in Iran," the pontiff said.

"When I was serving at the capacity of cardinal, I used to hold useful dialogue with Iranian ambassadors to Vatican. I got their sense of responsibility for humanitarian principles and I think that would be a good basis for Iran-Vatican cooperation.

"Please convey my greetings to President Ahmadinejad," the Pope said.

Vice President and head of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, member of parliament from Iranian Christian community George Vartanian and former ambassador to Vatican Hojatoleslam Mostafa Boroujerdi were also present in the audience.

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