Al Azhar Imam, Pope Francis post joint tweet urging consolidation of human values

Cairo: Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayeb and Pope Francis of the Catholic Church have posted a joint tweet urging the consolidation of human values highlighted in a document they co-signed last year in the UAE.

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The Document on Human Fraternity, also called the “Abu Dhabi Declaration”, was signed in February 2019, emphasizing values of tolerance, peace and freedom of faith.

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Sheikh Al Tayeb tweeted: “I was pleased to speak over the phone yesterday with my brother @Pontifex. We discussed a number of issues and our continued support for human fraternity as a means to eliminating violence, discrimination and hate, and that religions are not to be blamed for these indiscretions.”

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Similarly, the pontiff tweeted: “We reaffirm our support to human fraternity as the solution to erase violence, discrimination and hatred in the name of religion. Religions have nothing to do with these.”

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Both leaders have been making high-profile efforts to promote inter-faith dialogue, and culture of tolerance and peaceful co-existence.

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