Universal Fraternity… for all nations

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 personalities".

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.

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