Pope Francis and Al-Azhar’s Sheikh Sign ‘Declaration of Fraternity’ in Abu Dhabi



(Francis embraced Ahmed el-Tayeb and signed a a historic ‘Human Fraternity’ agreement in Abu Dhabi_

  • The pope’s address centered on the themes of fraternity, education, justice, and human development built on inclusion
  • Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb said he would work with his “brother and friend Pope Francis to protect all communities”

ABU DHABI: The first day of the historic visit by Pope Francis to the Arabian Peninsula ended with the signing of a “Human Fraternity Document” by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and one of the highest authorities in Islam, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar Mosque.

The declaration of fraternity — which pledges the religious leaders to work together in perpetuity and to reject violence and radicalism — was also signed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE, which hosted the ceremony in its capital Abu Dhabi.

The pope told an audience: “Fraternity is established here at the roots of our common humanity, as a vocation contained in God’s plan of creation.” more …

Opinion: Francis’ call for equal citizenship in the Middle East brings to mind his 2016 veiled attack on Donald Trump for moving the US embassy and declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital. Francis called for the status quo:

“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it” Zechariah 12:3

Pope Francis follows pontiffs before him in trying to get control of Jerusalem and will use any means, including embracing Islamic leaders to do so.

On January 12-14, 2017 Francis welcomed Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican and in another veiled attack on Trump authorized the first Palestinian embassy on European soil:

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In a January 22, 2018 speech Ahmed el-Tayeb

“President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was rash and uncalculated and represented aggression towards people, countries, cultures and civilizations. We think of Jerusalem as an occupied city and not a Jewish city. It is 100% Arab under Israeli occupation”.

Both religious leaders appear to have a similar goal – to keep Jerusalem out of Jewish control, which lines up perfectly with the final wars of this age.

Watch: Ahmed el-Tayeb 2016 interview where he spoke out against Western values, homosexuality, and penalties for leaving Islam: