No time for indifference, brothers or all collapses – pope

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(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 4 – Pope Francis said on the first
International day of Human Fraternity Thursday that “today
fraternity is the new frontier of humanity.
    “Either we are brothers or we destroy each other.
    “There is no time for indifference today.
    “We cannot wash our hands of it, with distance, with neglect,
with disinterest.
    “Either we are brothers, allow me, or everything collapses.
    “It is the frontier.
    “The frontier on which we must build; it is the challenge of our
century, it is the challenge of our times”.
    Francis celebrated the International Day of Human Fraternity in
a virtual event organized by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.
    The event was hosted in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United
Arab Emirates, and saw the participation of the Grand Imam of
Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, and the Secretary General of the
United Nations, António Guterres, along with other international
    On the same occasion, the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity,
inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity, was awarded.
    Thursday’s celebration was linked with the historic signing of
the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living
Together, two years ago in Abu Dhabi. The signers of this
document, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, spent
more than a year drafting it prior to signing it in Abu Dhabi,
on 4 February 2019. It was the 800th anniversary of the meeting
of St Francis with Sultan al-Malik al-Kamal in 1219.
    On Thursday the pope thanked Al-Tayyeb for his “courage and true
    Francis said a world without brothers was a world of enemies.


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