News ID: 217979
Published: 0627 GMT July 09, 2018

Iran offers condolences over Vatican's cardinal death

Iran offers condolences over Vatican's cardinal death
Cardinal Tauran (ABC NEWS)

Iran's foreign minister sent a condolence message to his counterpart in Vatican on the death of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the former secretary for relations with states.

Mohammad-Javad Zarif in his message to Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States, expressed his sadness over the death of Cardinal Tauran who was also the head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), IRNA reported.

The 74-year old cardinal, who was suffering from Parkinson, passed away on July 5.

The foreign minister in the message, published on Monday, described the late cardinal as one of the science and religion honorable figures who put lots of effort to unite the followers of all divine religions and promoted the interreligious dialogue among them.

He also managed to lay the grounds for consistent talks between Islam and Christianity scholars, Zarif said.

Zarif also offered condolences to Iranian Christian community.

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