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Pope Francis receiving the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in the Vatican on October 16, 2018. Pope Francis receiving the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in the Vatican on October 16, 2018.   (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis receives the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

Pope Francis on October 16 received the Grand Imam of Egypt’s prestigious Al-Azhar Mosque.

Pope Francis received the Grand Imam of the prestigious Muslim al-Azhar Mosque of Egypt, Prof. Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyib, in a private visit, Tuesday afternoon, at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Holy See’s Press Office said in a brief note.  

The two spiritual leaders have met a few times before, most importantly when the Pope visited Egypt, 28-29 April, 2017, on the invitation of the Grand Imam.   

During that visit, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam spoke at the closing of an international peace conference organized by the Al-Azhar University.

16 October 2018, 17:38