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Pope Welcomes Grand Imam of Al-Azhar of Egypt

Discussion of Human Brotherhood for World Peace and Common Living

Pope Francis on Friday received in the Vatican the Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar of Egypt and his retinue, reported Vatican News.

Among those whom Pope Francis received along with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar were Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ambassador of the Republic of Egypt to the Holy See, Mahmoud Samy and some personalities and representatives of the University of Al-Azhar and the Superior Committee, said a communique of the Holy See Press Office.

It said the purpose of the meeting was to help achieve the objectives contained in the Document on the Human Brotherhood for World Peace and Common Living together, established in August.

Among those representing the Holy See at the meeting were Cardinal Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Bishop Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, Secretary of the Holy Father.

During the cordial talks, the Vatican said, the issue of the protection of minors in the digital world was discussed, as well as the recent visit of His Holiness to the United Arab Emirates and the initiatives taken by the Superior Committee to achieve the objectives of the Document on the Human Brotherhood in the months since its foundation.

During the encounter, the Committee introduced to the Holy Father a new member, Dr. Irina Georgieva Bokova, and explained to the Holy Father the project of the “House of Abraham”, inaugurated in New York last September.

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