According to the university’s public relations report, about development and strengthening of scientific and cultural cooperation between the Religions and Denominations University and the Vatican, the ambassador of this country, Archbishop Andjy Yuzovich, met and talked with Sayed Abul Hassan Nawab by presenting at Religions and Denominations University.
In this meeting, the president of the Religions and Denominations University welcomed the Vatican ambassador and said: “We had a meeting with the Pope during our recent trip to the Vatican, and I donated him about 70 books during this trip.” Mr. Pope welcomed us very well and was surprised that we gave him our books without his request.
The president of the Religions and Denomination University continued: We value interfaith discussion and look at it as an opportunity for different religions of the world to interact and help each other to build a better society.
The Vatican ambassador also expressed his happiness at the invitation of the Religions and Denominations University and said: I have had a personal acquaintance with the Pope in Argentina and I have had a relationship with him and we have talked a lot with him in interfaith discussion and we have good mutual friends. Even now, I am following the issue of Argentina, Latin America and Iran with him.
Archbishop Andjy Yuzovich continued: Thanks to the international colleagues of your university, I know this university very well. I am very happy that this invitation was accepted and that we are present at the Religions and Denominations University. I have the honor and the opportunity that with Reverend Martin we can get to know the academic world of religions better, a university that values other religions. This topic is very important for me in terms of interfaith discussion.
He said: It is important that we can expand the dialogue. Of course, not only academic. Its better if we can expand this conversation in real life and spread it in the communities that exist. This recognition especially in Iran should be increase because the conversation to know each other means the future.
Andji Yuzovich said: I am a religious man like you and I am a bishop, but at the same time I am also a diplomat and in diplomacy, prevention is better than cure, like in medicine. The religious leader discussion beyond the politics world leads to sincere understanding and cooperation in different level. Discussion at political levels take place under various topics and we do not want these interfaith discussions to be only political. Because there is no stability in politics. But when the discussions takes place in the academic atmosphere and has a spiritual aspect, it can definitely create stability at the same time as the political discussion. As far as interfaith discussions is concerned, we can talk about what we have in common, and then talk about what we don’t have in common.
In the end, he said: In today’s world and in the world of politics, discussion has become an oratory and an art, and it doesn’t matter how it is called in the world of politics. This type of conversation has no content. I think our discussions can be more dynamic and help the communities of holy see and your communities. The Pope has also mentioned this issue in the topic of brotherhood.