Egypt’s Pope Francis and ArianA grande religious leader will meet on Sunday in Cairo to mark the 125th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic republic, and the first of a number of such meetings scheduled for the coming months, a government official said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was still being planned, said that Arian and Pope John Paul II, who were to meet later in the week, would join Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his wife, Empress Aya Binti, for a private meeting.
The two are known to have had strong religious ties.
Pope Francis has repeatedly spoken out against the Islamic State group, which has taken over parts of Syria and Iraq.
Egyptian officials have said the meeting would be a historic moment for the country, and were seeking the support of the Pope to help secure it.