The UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed is behind the event, set to take place in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital on 4 February, a date chosen by the UN. On 4 February 2019, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, considered the highest Sunni religious authority, signed the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis will participate in the first celebration of the International Day of Human Fraternity, a virtual event organised by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with the participation, among others, of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, and the UN Secretary General, António Guterres.
On the same occasion, the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity, which is inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity, will be awarded.
The meeting and the award ceremony will be streamed live by Vatican News in several languages starting at 2.30 pm (CET), 1.30 pm (GMT time).
The United Nations General Assembly chose 4 February as the day to mark this new annual event.
On 4 February 2019, Pope Francis, who was on a visit to the UAE, met with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, considered the highest Sunni religious authority. The two signed (pictured) the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.
A few months later the High Committee of Human Fraternity was set up to translate the document’s aspirations on fraternity into concrete commitments and actions, to promote fraternity, solidarity, respect and mutual understanding.
“This celebration responds to a clear call that Pope Francis has been making to all humanity to build a present of peace in the encounter with the other,” stressed Card Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot MCCJ, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
“In October 2020, that invitation became even more vivid with the Encyclical Fratelli tutti. These meetings are a way to achieve true social friendship, as the Holy Father asks of us,” the cardinal added.