The Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb telephoned the Pope of the Catholic Church on Monday evening to congratulate His Holiness by Christmas and on the occasion of the 82nd birthday of the Pope.
Sheikh Al-Azhar expressed his sincere wishes to His Holiness the Pope and all the Christian brothers in the world on the occasion of the birthday of Jesus Christ. He also congratulated the Pope on his eighty-second birthday and called on God to protect him and prolong his life for good, love and peace.
For his part, Pope Francis thanked the Grand Imam for this beautiful gesture, which expresses a sincere man who bears sincere love in his heart, and he is happy to renew his meeting with Sheikh Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates soon.
"Make sure that I always pray for you, and I thank you very much for your sincere love."