Iranian President Pleased by Benedict XVI's Election

TEHRAN, Iran, APRIL 22, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The president of Iran said that he is “absolutely happy” with the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Benedict XVI.

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In a message released today, wished the new Pope “every success in the promotion of peace, freedom and justice, as well as in the contribution to build a better world, following the humanitarian, liberating and impartial teachings of Jesus Christ.”

Khatami said he favors dialogue between the various religions to “reinforce faith and morality both among communities as well as individuals.”

The Iranian president attended John Paul II’s funeral Mass on April 8.

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