Pope Francis’ Appeal for Human Fraternity
General Audience, Paul VI Hall
2 February 2022
The day after tomorrow, 4 February, we will celebrate the second International Day of Human Fraternity. It is a reason for satisfaction that the nations of the entire world are joining in this celebration, aimed at promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue, as also called for in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, signed on 4 February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Muhammad Aḥmad al-Tayyeb, and by myself. Fraternity means reaching out to others, respecting them and listening to them with an open heart. I hope that concrete steps will be taken together with the believers of other religions, and also with people of good will, to affirm that today is a time of brotherhood, avoiding clashes, divisions, and closures. Let us pray and commit ourselves every day so that we can all live in peace, as brothers and sisters.