Vatican City, Feb 4, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Human fraternity is "the challenge of our century," Pope Francis said on Thursday, as he marked the first International Day of Human Fraternity together with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb.
"Either we are brothers, or, allow me to say, everything will fall apart," the pope said during an online event on Feb. 4. "This is the challenge of our century. It is the challenge of our times."
Francis spoke about the importance of human fraternity during a 40-minute online meeting organized by the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity in collaboration with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
"Fraternity means to lend a helping hand. Fraternity means respect. Fraternity means listening with an open heart. Fraternity means defending our own convictions because there is no true fraternity if one's own convictions have to be negotiated," the pope said.