Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda on Saturday described the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pope Francis as an occasion to be inscribed in the history books and said that it will be a big step for peace, harmony and interfaith dialogue. On this occasion, the BJP President also underlined the contribution of the Christian community in various fields in India. In a tweet, Nadda said, “India is a vibrant and inclusive democracy where the Christian community played an important role in politics, cinema, industry and the armed forces. India is on the path of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas’ under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi.
In another tweet, he said, “The meeting of the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy with the supreme religious leader of the Christian community is an occasion to be recorded in the history books. This is a big step for peace, harmony and inter-religious dialogue.”
Prime Minister Modi on Saturday held a one-on-one meeting with Pope Francis for the first time during which they discussed many issues like fighting climate change and eradicating poverty to make the earth better. Modi is the first Indian prime minister whom Francis has met since becoming Pope in 2013.
Prior to this, the last meeting of an Indian Prime Minister with a Pope was in 1999, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister and Pope John Paul II visited India. Sources said the Pope has been invited to visit India during Modi’s tenure as prime minister.