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Iranian Leaders’ Reactions Mixed on Pope

Iran’s leaders showed sharply different reactions to the death of Pope John Paul II, with liberal President Mohammad Khatami personally attending the pope’s funeral Friday as a gesture of respect while the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader remaining silent and not even sending a cable of condolence. Iran’s powerful former president Hashemi Rafsanjani also sent conflicting signals, saying John Paul’s vocal opposition to the U.S. invasion to Iraq was valuable, but that it was not strong enough to discredit the U.S. administration.Full Story

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