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Is Pope Francis' Egypt visit new beginning for Vatican-Azhar ties?

With the visit of Pope Francis to Cairo on April 28-29, ties between the Vatican and Al-Azhar have been strengthened, putting interfaith dialogue high on the agenda of the Christian and Muslim representatives.
Pope Francis attends with Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb (unseen) during Al-Azhar International peace conference at Cairo, Egypt April 28, 2017.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTS14CPQ
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CAIRO – With the 26-hour historic visit of Pope Francis to Cairo on April 28-29, Al-Azhar and the Vatican have restored momentum to Christian-Muslim dialogue. At the end of the visit, Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb and the head of the Roman Catholic Church exchanged a warm embrace.

"Together let us affirm the incompatibility of violence and faith, belief and hatred," said the pope, commenting on the photo of the embrace he posted on his Instagram account.

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