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On Monday, May 30, 2022, Head of the Iranian Islamic seminaries, Ayatollah Alireza Arafi met with the Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis at the Vatican. The meeting is coincided with the commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of the demise of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran; Imam Khomeini (r.a).
During the meeting, Ayatollah Arafi highlighted the importance of convergence and constructive interaction among religions, as it could help to address several social, cultural and ideological challenges of the contemporary world.
Ayatollah Alireza conveyed an oral message of the Supreme Leader of Islamic Republic of Iran; Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to Pope Francis and his expectation to continue to defend the oppressed of the world. Pope Francis also sent his regards to the Supreme Leader and the religious authorities of Iran.