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Pope Francis Again Welcomes Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to Vatican



Francis, the Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar of Egypt, and his
retinue on Friday was the latest in a series of get-togethers between
the two leaders.

February, the pope and the grand imam signed a joint declaration in
Abu Dhabi, condemning “acts of murder, exile, terrorism and
oppression” carried out in God’s name. We “resolutely declare
that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility
and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of
blood,” the 3,000-word text reads. “These tragic realities are
the consequence of a deviation from religious teachings.” “We
thus call upon all concerned to stop using religions to incite
hatred, violence, extremism and blind fanaticism, and to refrain from
using the name of God to justify acts of murder, exile, terrorism and
oppression,” the two leaders declared. “God, the Almighty, has no
need to be defended by anyone and does not want His name to be used
to terrorize people,” they said. The nearly 3,000-word text, titled
“Declaration on Human Fraternity for world peace and living
together,” was signed in Abu Dhabi Monday by Pope Francis and the
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo during a global conference
on the same topic. Along with the Grand Imam, Pope Francis also
received 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 in the Vatican
Friday, according to a communique of the Holy See Press Office.