Vatican City, Feb 6, 2019 / 03:23 am
Pope Francis said Wednesday that his recent trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was a step forward in Catholic-Muslim dialogue and promoting peace among religions.
Though a brief visit, the "scattered seeds" of the Feb. 3-5 trip will bear fruit according to God's will, he said during the general audience Feb. 6.
The visit to the UAE, and second meeting with the Muslim Grand Imam of al-Azhar, "wrote a new page in the history of dialogue between Christianity and Islam and in the commitment to promote peace in the world on the basis of human brotherhood."
Pope Francis first met the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb, during a 2017 apostolic visit to Egypt. The two signed a joint document on human fraternity Feb. 4.