Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hasexpressed condolences on the demise of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the Roman Curia and the Vatican’s former foreign minister.
Zarif offered his condolences in a Monday message to his counterpart in the Vatican, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.
What follows is the full text of his message:
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher,
The respected Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy Sees Secretariat of State,
News of the passing away of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the Roman Curia, filled me with sadness and sorrow.
This erudite man, who was regarded as one the Holy See’srenowned scientific and religious figures, made every effort to boost solidarity among followers of all divine faiths and promote dialogue among religions without any religious bias, nescience and extremism. He was one of the far-sighted men who, by holding bilateral and international meetings, managed to establish continuous dialogue among leaders of different faiths, especially Muslim and Christian scholars.
I express condolences to you and all Catholic Christians as well as the Christian community in Iran on his demise, and ask God Almighty to bestow peace upon his soul.
Mohammad Javad Zarif
Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran