A striking move, the
United Nations General Assembly, last December, chose the date of 4 February to
celebrate the International Day of Human Fraternity. This is a concrete
consequence, at the global level, of Pope Francis' meeting with the Grand Imam
of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayeb exactly two years ago, on 4 February 2019. On that
occasion, a joint declaration by the two religious leaders condemned violence
and terrorism and invited men and women everywhere to live in fraternity.
During his audience on
Wednesday, 3 February, the Pope announced, "I am very happy that the
nations of the world are united in this celebration, which aims to promote
interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Therefore, tomorrow afternoon I will
take part in a virtual meeting with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, with the
Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and with other
Cardinal Miguel Ángel
Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue,
has written to the superiors of religious congregations, inviting them to take
advantage of this International Day to promote the encyclical Fratelli tutti.
Watch the video prepared by
the Pontifical Council for this occasion.