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Pope asks us to pray and work that we might live as brothers

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 02/03/21

UN resolution marks day that pope and grand imam signed 'Document on Human Fraternity'

Pope Francis is asking for prayers “that everyone might live fraternally together in our world and in peace.” With this intention, he is inviting the faithful to mark the 1st International Day of Human Fraternity on February 4.

At the end of the general audience, he made this appeal:

Tomorrow marks the First International Day of Human Fraternity, established by a recent Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly. This initiative also takes note of the meeting on 4 February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, when the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyib and I signed the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. I am very pleased that the nations of the entire world are joining in this celebration, aimed at promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Tomorrow afternoon, I will take part in a virtual meeting with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, and other leaders. The United Nations Resolution recognizes “the contribution that dialogue among all religious groups can make towards an improved awareness and understanding of the common values shared by all humankind”. May this be our prayer today and our commitment every day of the year.

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