Pope Francis praised the ongoing efforts and unlimited support of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan…reports Asian Lite News
His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, congratulated all participants in the Human Fraternity Majlis and those involved in the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity on the occasion of the International Day of Human Fraternity, marking the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity.
He also expressed his joy that the journey of dialogue, solidarity, and mutual respect which began in Abu Dhabi five years ago continues to spread tolerance, coexistence, and acceptance of others.
Pope Francis also praised the ongoing efforts and unlimited support of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and the Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, for their invaluable initiatives aimed at promoting the values of human fraternity, social solidarity, and the understanding that humans are not only equal but interconnected as brothers and sisters within one human family.
He further emphasised that achieving human fraternity requires recognising the importance of equality among people and promoting tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, inaugurated the “Islam and Human Fraternity” conference on Sunday.
The conference is organised by Trends Research and Advisory in partnership with the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence and the University Platform for the Study of Islam “PLURIEL” at Trends headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
The three-day conference highlights the impact of the Human Fraternity Document for Coexistence. It coincides with the International Day of Human Fraternity and the fifth anniversary of the document endorsement.
The conference witnesses the presence of religious, cultural and academic dignitaries from around the world.
In the keynote address, Sheikh Nahyan said, “We who live and work in the UAE are delighted to welcome all of you who have travelled from abroad to Abu Dhabi for the fourth edition of the Islam and Human Fraternity Conference. You have come together here as an international group of brothers and sisters to examine various aspects of working together as Muslims and Christians to promote peaceful coexistence and human fraternity.
“I thank Dr. Mohammed Al Aly and his colleagues at Trends Research and Advisory for organising such an interesting and important conference, and assembling such a prominent group of speakers and participants. And I thank all of you for this opportunity to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity.”
He also thanked His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and His Eminence Dr Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, for signing this vital document during their visit to the UAE in 2019.
Sheikh Nahyan added, “We also express our great pride in the visionary leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. His support and sponsorship of this remarkable document is a testament to his strong conviction that human fraternity and peaceful coexistence must be an important component of a good, moral global society. We are proud that the Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity has allowed the entire world to observe His Highness’s positive advocacy for multi-culturalism and for promoting human dignity, peace, and prosperity for all.”