Meet The Catholic Pope That Kissed The Quran And Why He Did It. , Most Catholic Popes are known for preaching religious tolerance, among the different religious groups and so it was not surprising when a certain pope kissed the Quran.
Late Pope John Paul II stunned most Christians when he was seen and pictured kissing a Holy Quran which was presented to him.
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.
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.