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Vatican City: Pope Francis on Wednesday held an audience with the Muslim World League's secretary general, Mohammed Abdul Karim al-Issa, the Vatican said in a statement, without elaborating on the content of the meeting.

The Saudi Arabian government-supported NGO, once seen as a promoter of the radical Wahhabism ideology, was founded in 1962 to propagate Islam and to improve worldwide understanding of the religion.

Headquartered in the Saudi city of Mecca, the MWL promotes Islamic (Sharia) law and in its mission statement says it rejects violence and fosters "dialogue with people of other cultures".

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