Monday, February 4, 2019
VATICAN NEWS (Extract) Google translation
The "Document on human brotherhood for world peace and common coexistence" signed this afternoon in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyib is not only a milestone in the relations between Christianity and Islam, but also represents a message with a strong impact on the international scene. In the preface, after having affirmed that "Faith leads the believer to see in the other a brother to support and love", this text is spoken of as "a reasoned document with sincerity and seriousness", which invites " all the people who have in their hearts faith in God and faith in human fraternity to join and work together. "
The document begins with a series of invocations: the Pope and the Great Imam speak "in the name of God who created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity", "in the name of the innocent human soul that God has forbidden to kill "," in the name of the poor ", of" orphans and widows, of refugees and exiles, of all victims of wars "and" of persecutions ". Al-Azhar together with the Catholic Church "declare to adopt the culture of dialogue as a way, common collaboration as conduct, mutual knowledge as method and criterion".
Recognizing the positive steps taken by modern civilization, the declaration emphasizes the "deterioration of ethics, which conditions international action, and the weakening of spiritual values and the sense of responsibility," which leads many to "fall into vortex of atheist and agnostic extremism, or in religious integralism, in extremism and in blind fundamentalism ». Religious and national extremism, together with intolerance "have produced the signs of a" third world war in pieces "».
The Declaration testifies that "freedom is a right of every person: everyone enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and diversity of religion, color, sex, race and language are a wise divine will ». It is from the "Divine Wisdom" that "derives the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different.For this reason, it is condemned to force people to adhere to a certain religion or culture, as well as to impose a style of civilization that others do not accept » .
Then he testifies that "the protection of places of worship - temples, churches and mosques - is a duty guaranteed by religions, human values, laws and international conventions. Any attempt to attack the places of worship or to threaten them with attacks, explosions or demolitions is a deviation from the teachings of religions, as well as a clear violation of international law ».
The document states that "it is necessary to commit to establishing in our societies the concept of full citizenship and to renounce the discriminatory use of the term minorities, which brings with it the seeds of feeling isolated and inferiority."
Finally, "Al-Azhar and the Catholic Church demand that this Document be the object of research and reflection in all schools, universities and institutes of education and training." And they hope that the Declaration will become a "symbol of the embrace between East and West, between the North and the South."
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