- Sep 17, 2020
Communication is meant to be constructive, to connect people and promote understanding, but too often the media have degenerated into platforms to disseminate hatred, said Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.
Interfaith leaders gathered on Monday in Abu Dhabi to mark one year since Pope Francis’s historic trip to the Arabian Peninsula, a visit that saw leading Muslim clerics gather alongside the pope to promote co-existence.
Pope Francis’s Abu Dhabi agreement was spotlighted during the UN General Assembly opening prayer service.
This year’s edition of Rome’s “Via Pacis” half-marathon for peace will spur athletes from all backgrounds to flex not only their muscles, but their ability to reach beyond cultural and religious divides in fostering peace and tolerance through sports.
Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, head of the Vatican Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has said a new committee in the United Arab Emirates aimed at promoting interfaith tolerance is a concrete step in resisting the “clash of civilizations” and promoting peace.
It remains to be seen whether, in the future, Pope Francis or one of his successors will present their Muslim hosts with a steeper bill for the photo ops they deliver on trips such as his Feb. 3-5 outing to the United Arab Emirates.