Vatican City, 04 February, 2020 / 5:03 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis Tuesday marked the first anniversary of the joint signing of the Abu Dhabi document on human fraternity with a video message urging an end to extremism and terrorism.
The pope called the signing a “great humanitarian event,” adding that he hopes “for a better future for humanity, a future free from hatred, rancor, extremism and terrorism, in which the values of peace, love, and fraternity prevail.”
The video message was sent to the Arab Media Convention for Human Fraternity, held in Abu Dhabi Feb. 3-4, and organized by the Muslim Council of Elders.
The convention took place on the first anniversary of the signing of “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” by Pope Francis and Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, in Abu Dhabi.
Pope Francis signed the document during his February 2019 visit to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, a trip intended to promote interreligious dialogue and give support to the country’s Christian minority.