During his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates, His Holiness Pope Francis commended the efforts of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities and said: "I would like to express my happiness that the first Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, under the theme ‘Child Dignity Online’, was held in Abu Dhabi last November. This event built on the message that was launched a year ago at the Child Dignity Congress held in Rome, to which I gave my full support and encouragement. I would like to thank all faith leaders committed to combatting this issue, and I assure them of the support and participation of the Catholic Church and myself towards this important issue, the protection of minors in all its aspects."
Similtaniously Prof. Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and the President of the Muslim Council of Elders, commended the efforts of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities by stating: "With the support of all religious leaders, I will endeavour alongside my brother, His Holiness Pope Francis, to ensure the safety and security of our communities for the entirety of our lives. Here, I must pay tribute to the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, held here in Abu Dhabi last November with the support of Al-Azhar and the Vatican. This event was attended by many religious leaders who were present to show their commitment and fulfill their responsibility to protect the dignity of children."
This monumental gathering of faiths in the UAE also wintessed the signing of the Abu Dhabi Declaration on Human Fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races. The document pledges that al-Azhar and the Vatican will work together to fight extremism.
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