Pope Francis and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

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AP/ABC News, Intense preparations before pontiff meets Iraqi ayatollah

"Pope Francis and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani are to meet on Saturday for at most 40 minutes, part of the time alone except for interpreters, in the Shiite cleric’s modest home in the city of Najaf. Every detail was scrutinized ahead of time in painstaking, behind-the-scenes preparations that touched on everything from shoes to seating arrangements."

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