(Christian Today) A top Iranian religious leader has praised Pope Francis for saying it is wrong to identify Islam with violence.
Pope Francis said aboard the papal plane that Islam is not a violent religion.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi of Qom wrote in a letter to the Pope: "I am really delighted to have heard your comments during your last trip to Poland in which you stated 'Islam is not equal to terrorism' and further dismissed the association of violence and harshness with any and all divinely-sent religions.
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"Your wise and logical stance regarding Islam in disassociating the religion from the inhumane actions and atrocities of the Takfiri groups such as Daesh is truly admirable."