2022 (EN)

The "Second International Day of Human Brotherhood", established by the UN General Assembly after the historic meeting in Dubai between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Cairo Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, was celebrated at the Museum of Peace - MAMT.
President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso summarised the Holy Father's message and emphasised how the human and spiritual charisma of Pope Francis was united in a historic embrace in Dubai with that of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, recalling the meeting between St Francis and the Sultan of Egypt Malik al Kamel in Damietta, which opened the way for dialogue centuries later.
"The meeting, which took place from 3 to 5 February 2019," Capasso said, "was full of significance: the first time of Pope Francis' visit to the Arab Emirates, but also the first Pope in history".
On 4 February 2019, during the Holy Father's trip to the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (Cairo), Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, signed the Document on Human Brotherhood for Peace, which also gave rise to the International Day of Brotherhood called by the UN for 4 February.
"Remembering this celebration - concluded Capasso - means carrying it in our hearts and we are called to live it in the first person, letting the spirit of respect, dialogue, tolerance and fraternity prevail, to face the great world crisis, and in our own small way, we must bring hope and suitable, innovative and effective tools to get out, as brothers, from this prolonged pandemic, a real challenge for humanity!
Everyone, without distinction, has been affected, and if on the one hand the pandemic has put us all on the same level, without any religious or political differences, on the other hand it has increased poverty in many peoples, it has allowed wars and abuses of power to continue on their way, at the expense of poor people, sometimes claiming a religious war that does not exist, but is dictated only by the logic of power".