Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sent congratulatory message to the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, on the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (PBUH) and beginning of the year 2018.
President Rouhani's message is as follows:
In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Your Holiness Pope Francis,
Pope of the Catholic Church,
I am delighted to congratulate the birthday of the Prophet of friendship and peace and the start of year 2018 to Your Holiness and all followers of the Prophet of blessings and prosperity, Jesus Christ (PBUH) throughout the world.
I hope that in the new yea, we witness eradication of evil, wickedness, discrimination and poverty for mankind by taking advantage of the teachings of prophets and following their benevolent behaviour and traits. In today's world, which is suffering the turbulence of moral problems, injustice, suffering and pain, it is the responsibility of politicians, scholars, and religious thinkers to create a beautiful world full of peace and moderation, free from violence and extremism with each other's help, and leave this lasting legacy for the future.
I wish a year full of blessings and happiness, and pray to the Almighty for your Holiness' health and success, and everybody's prosperity and felicity.
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran