2016 (EN)

"I was moved when I saw yesterday the embrace between Pope Francis and the great imam of al-Azhar, Muhammad al-Tayyeb, at the conclusion of the audience in the Vatican granted to the spiritual leader of the prestigious Egyptian center of the Islàm Sunnita": President Capasso said yesterday in Rome.
Twenty-five minutes of talk behind closed doors, in the presence of a single interpreter, the Egyptian Coptic secretary of Pope Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, during which two men representing more than 3 billion faithful in the world discussed the importance of inter-religious dialogue and the common commitment of the great religions for peace in the world, for the rejection of violence and terrorism, for the protection of Christians in the context of conflicts and tensions in the Middle Ages.
For more than 25 years, the Fondazione Mediterraneo has been committed to these issues and it has been a day that has given new impetus to hope for a future of peace and coexistence between different civilizations and faiths.