Azerbaijani ambassador presents his credentials to Pope Francis [PHOTO]

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Azerbaijani ambassador to the Holy See Ilgar Muxtarov introduced
his credentials to the top of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope
Francis, Azernews studies.

The ambassador conveyed the greetings of Azerbaijani President
Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva to Pope
Francis in addition to an invite to go to Azerbaijan. The
ambassador said that over the previous 30 years, relations between
Azerbaijan and the Holy See have progressed considerably resulting from
mutual respect. Ilgar Muxtarov recalled the official visits of
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President Mehriban
Aliyeva to the Holy See, in addition to the go to of Pope Francis to

The opening of the Azerbaijani embassy within the Holy See was cited
as proof of the significance positioned on bilateral relations.

Through the dialog, Pope Francis expressed gratitude for
the greetings and requested to convey greetings to President Ilham
Aliyev and First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva. The Pope recalled
with satisfaction his go to to Azerbaijan in 2016 on the invitation
of President Ilham Aliyev and the assembly with representatives of
spiritual communities through the go to. He said that he was
warmly welcomed in Azerbaijan and that the go to left him with a
optimistic impression.

The Roman Catholic Church chief inquired concerning the scenario in
the area and emphasised the significance of Azerbaijan’s
multiculturalism and tolerance, in addition to the significance of the
nation’s actions selling interreligious and intercultural

Noting the Holy See’s efficient collaboration with the Heydar
Aliyev Basis, Pope Francis said that the Basis’s
restoration of quite a few historic monuments of common
significance within the Vatican is a wonderful job within the area of
cultural heritage safety. It was famous that these tasks
serve to guard the world’s cultural, historic, and spiritual
heritage, in addition to to foster intercultural and interreligious

The ambassador responded by stating that the initiatives,
undertaken within the Vatican by First Vice-President of Azerbaijan and
President of the Heydar Aliyev Basis Mehriban Aliyeva, have
reaffirmed Azerbaijan’s historic place as a nation devoted
to and actively selling multicultural values.

Pope Francis requested the ambassador to ship the Azerbaijani folks
his honest greetings and finest needs.

Additionally, through the assembly of the Azerbaijani ambassador to the
Vatican, Ilgar Muxtarov, with the Holy See’s Secretary of State,
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, it was introduced that the Secretary of
State will go to Azerbaijan.

On the assembly, satisfaction was expressed with the excessive degree
of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Vatican, the significance
of this interplay was emphasised when it comes to civilizational and
inter-religious dialogue, in addition to selling tolerance within the

The Secretary of State of the Holy See requested the ambassador to
convey his greetings to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva and mentioned that he would go to
our nation this yr.

Along with saying his impending go to to Azerbaijan this
yr, Pietro Parolin requested the ambassador to ship greetings to the
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, and First Vice-President
Mehriban Aliyeva.

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the
Vatican have been established in 1992.

In 2008, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the
Heydar Aliyev Basis and the Roman Catholic Spiritual
Neighborhood. The doc envisages the implementation of measures
aimed on the ethnocultural growth of the folks inhabiting
Azerbaijan, in addition to the assist for the reconstruction tasks,
social and spiritual amenities within the areas recognized within the

In the identical yr, the Catholic Church was inaugurated in Baku.
The Catholic Church in Baku was first in-built 1912, however in 1934
the church was destroyed by the Soviet authorities.

Azerbaijani expo devoted to the twentieth anniversary of diplomatic
relations was held within the Vatican museums in 2012. It was the primary
Muslim nation honest within the Vatican. The exhibition “Historic
Evaluate of Azerbaijan’s Pearls” opened within the Vatican on the
event of the twentieth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic
relations between Azerbaijan and the Vatican with the initiative
and assist of the Heydar Aliyev Basis in 2012. One of many
fundamental options of the exhibition was the presentation of Azerbaijan
as a crossroads of cultures and civilizations.

The archaeological supplies discovered within the territory of
Azerbaijan, reflecting the tradition and way of life of Azerbaijan,
varied artwork samples, Azerbaijani carpets, historic manuscripts, and
holy books of various religions have been demonstrated on the
exhibition. Varied editions of the Heydar Aliyev Basis in
Italian have been additionally introduced.

In 2012, the “Bilateral Settlement on the Restoration of Roman
Catholic Cities” was signed between the Heydar Aliyev Basis
and the Holy See. The Basis has funded the restoration of a
variety of historic monuments and church buildings within the Vatican.

In 2015, with the assist of the Heydar Aliyev Basis,
Vatican’s Saint Marcellino and Pietro Catacombs have been opened after
the most important restore and reconstruction. Saint Marcellino and Pietro
catacombs are one of the vital necessary and most fascinating
monuments for the Christian world among the many roughly 60
catacombs round Rome, positioned on Labicana Avenue. Numerous
work are additionally saved right here.

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