Pope Francis received the Grand Imam of the prestigious Muslim al-Azhar Mosque of Egypt, Prof. Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyib, in a private visit, Tuesday afternoon, at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Holy See’s Press Office said in a brief note.
The two spiritual leaders have met a few times before, most importantly when the Pope visited Egypt, 28-29 April, 2017, on the invitation of the Grand Imam.
During that visit, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam spoke at the closing of an international peace conference organized by the Al-Azhar University.
The Pope also prayed in the mosque at the time called Muslims his ‘brothers and sisters’.
The Pope has been on a shuttle diplomacy to unite the world’s religions and has travelled extensively to meet religious leaders of differrent faiths and denominations.