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The late Pope who was a strong advocate of religious tolerance was being hosted by a delegation of Muslim clerics such as the Imam of Khadum mosque and a representative of the Iraqi ministry of religion.
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It was at the meeting in Iraq that the pope was presented with a Quran from the Muslim delegation, which he was seen kissing.
When he was presented with the Quran, the late Pope John Paul II had, in a show of humility, bowed when he received the Quran and then kissed the Islamic holy book.
One of the reasons for the gesture from the Pope which received a lot of attention is that the late Pope John Paul II had wanted to exemplify respect for another religion.
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Speaking on the incident, Raphael Bidawid who was at the meeting commented that the late Pope's gesture demonstrated that he has great respect for Islam.
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