On February 4, 2019, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar met in Abu Dhabi to sign the Document on Human Fraternity – a joint statement calling for the reconciliation of people of goodwill in service of universal peace. As a result of that bold move, The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity was set up by a diverse set of international religious leaders, educational scholars and cultural leaders representing Islam, Christianity and Judaism. They were inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity, and are dedicated to sharing its message of mutual understanding and peace.
In an increasingly fragmented world that continues to suffer from extremism and intolerance,
nurturing and cultivating this capacity is essential for future generations to thrive and prosper together, acting on the aspirations outlined in the Document on Human Fraternity, the members of the Committee will meet with religious leaders, heads of international organizations and others across the world to support and spread the values of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. The Committee aspires to address some of the complex challenges facing communities of all faiths, with an approach of openness, learning and dialogue.
In that spirit, it has proposed that believers of all religions unite spiritually on May 14 (this Thursday) in a Day of Prayer and Fasting and Works of Charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic. This is something that we could all take part in, as it can be done whilst Staying at Home.