Pope Francis, Grand Imam of Egypt exchange kiss, call for world peace (photo)

Pope Francis, Grand Imam of Egypt exchange kiss, call for world peace (photo)

- The heads of two religions, Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Egypt, on Monday, February 4, embraced peace

- Both religious leaders signed a historic declaration for fraternity in United Arab Emirate in promotion of peace

- The document was signed in honour of all victims of wars, persecution, injustice and torture in the world

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Egypt and Pope Francis held a meeting on Monday, February 4, in Abu Dhabi, where they called for peace after embracing each other.

Moreover, both religious heads signed a historic declaration for fraternity, love and understanding, India Today reports.

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The signed document was prepared in recognition and honour of"all victims of wars, persecution and injustice; and those tortured in any part of the world, without distinction."

The statement also said: "We resolutely declare that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood."

On his part, al-Tayeb, while urging Muslims especially in western Asia to "embrace" Christians in their communities, told Christian faithful that they are "citizens of this nation with full rights and responsibilities".

The grand Imam added: "Continue to embrace your brothers the Christian citizens everywhere, for they are our partners in our nation."

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Pope Francis also called for full religious liberty in the Muslim-populated sub-region that has witnessed harsh restrictions on free worship. He said that the change of the status quo will promote "concrete paths of peace" and that people of different religions will have to come together.

The pope also spoke on the dangers of fake news following the boycott of Qatar by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate (UAE).

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Pope Francis on Wednesday, January 2, criticised hypocrites in the Catholic Church during his general audience in the Vatican.

“How often do we see the scandal of these people who go to church and are there every day, and then they lead a life in which they hate others or talk badly about other people. Better not go to church; live like an atheist,’’ the pope said.

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