The Vatican has announced that a high-level delegation of leading women from Iran including Shahindokht Molaverdi, Iran’s vice-president for Woman and Family Affairs will join the pope in Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. The idea arose from a Vatican-hosted event between a group of Iranian and Catholic women to discuss family issues and the promotion of women. The Iranians suggested the idea of a delegation of prominent Iranian women to go to Philadelphia, which the Vatican accepted and issued a formal invitation, in spite of political tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
“The family isn’t just a Catholic concern,” said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family.
“Improvement in US/Iran relations must involve ending… ‘unjust and inhuman’ sanctions on trade with Iran,” Molaverdi said.
The Vatican hopes the presence of the Iranian women will be a “sign of hope.”
“It’s absolutely positive, and it can’t help but make it easier to make changes also in the political sphere,” Paglia said.
Molaverdi said she’d be open to the idea of Pope Francis trying to help improve the climate between the United States and Iran as he recently did in with regard to U.S./Cuba relations. “Certainly this pope has an ability to bring people together, which can also influence governments,” Molaverdi said. “I’m actually optimistic about the prospects for normalizing relations between the United States and Iran,” she said, describing it as something “realistic” fairly soon.
Perhaps the Vatican will again use its global influence with governments and “kings of the earth” to secretly intervene between the U.S. and Iran.
“And all the world wondered after…” Revelation 13:3