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Photos courtesy of Sheikha Moza on Instagram

Qatar’s former first lady and the head of the Roman Catholic Church met over the weekend at the Vatican.

In a private audience, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and Pope Francis discussed the refugee crisis, the importance of education in conflict zones and the need to expand inter-faith dialogue between Muslims and Christians, QNA reports.

The Qatar Foundation chairperson and the Pope also signed an agreement for the Qatar National Library to digitize and make publicly available centuries-old Arab and Islamic manuscripts held by the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

Sheikha Moza meets with Pope Francis


Sheikha Moza meets with Pope Francis

The memorandum of understanding was also signed by former culture minister Dr. Hamad bin Abdelaziz Al Kuwari, who is running for the post of Unesco Secretary General, as well as Mons Cesare Pasini, director of the Vatican library.

According to Vatican Radio, Sheikha Moza gifted the Pope an Arabic manuscript of the Gospels produced in Ottoman Turkey in the 18th century.

And Pope Francis presented her with a medallion depicting an olive tree for peace and the Arabic edition of his latest manifesto, Laudato si’.


Sheikha Moza bint Nasser speaking at World Humanitarian Summit

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser/Instagram

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser speaking at World Humanitarian Summit

Speaking at the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey yesterday, Qatar’s former first lady and Chairperson of Qatar Foundation and Education Above All Sheikha Moza bint Nasser called for the protection of schools in conflict zones.

“The destruction of schools are not just ‘accidents’ of war. Education is under attack. Our schools are the battlefield. It is time to fight back,” QNA reported her as saying.

All photos courtesy of MozaBintNasser on Instagram

Qatar’s former first lady Sheikha Moza bint Nasser drew praise over the weekend for wearing bright yellow with confidence during the opening of the 22nd Fez Festival of World Sacred Music.

While highly respected as the chairperson of Qatar Foundation, Sheikha Moza also has a large gaggle of admirers because of her fashion choices.

According to unofficial fan blog Sheikha Moza Fashion, she was wearing a yellow/greenish Jean Paul Gaultier couture caftan from the Spring 2016 Haute Couture collection.

Sheikha Moza was visiting Morocco as a guest of Princess Lalla Salma, and both women attended a concert and met with artists and show performers during her trip there.