Papal Address to Iran's Foreign Minister

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 12, 2004 ( Here is the address John Paul II delivered today when he received in audience Kamal Kharrazi, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Your Excellency,

I am pleased to welcome you today to the Vatican. Your presence here is a sign of the cooperation that, for more than 50 years now, has marked the official relations between the Holy See and your country. I am confident that this spirit of collaboration will continue to grow ever stronger as we address issues of mutual concern to us.

Not least in this regard is the ongoing commitment to safeguard the inalienable rights and dignity of the human person, especially in efforts aimed at promoting greater understanding among peoples of different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Mr. Minister, I assure you of my good wishes for your stay in Rome and I invoke upon you the blessings of Almighty God.

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