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Pope meets top Egypt cleric ending freeze in relations

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 01:09

Pope Francis meets the grand imam of Egypt's highest Islamic authority, as the two religious leaders seek to heal relations between their faiths. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis meets Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt's highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar. The men want to heal relations between the two faiths after all dialogue was frozen five years ago. Al-Azhar had cut contact with the Vatican because it felt Francis's predecessor, Pope Benedict, had repeatedly insulted Islam. The last straw was when Benedict denounced a deadly church bomb attack in Egypt as "a strategy of violence" targeting Christians. Francis presented the Muslim cleric a medallion depicting an olive branch of peace. Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 79 million population which is mostly Sunni Muslim.

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Pope meets top Egypt cleric ending freeze in relations

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 01:09