- Sep 30, 2020
The United Arab Emirates has been on a yearlong, nationwide project to promote and brand state efforts under the theme of “tolerance,” but as 2019 comes to an end, a leading Emirati diplomat said Wednesday there’s still more work to be done.
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.
The declaration signed by Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar, during the pope’s trip to the United Arab Emirates “is a clarion call for robust dialogue that leads to peace,” said the Catholic chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue and the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
That many religions exist in the world is a fact, but what that plurality communicates to believers about God is a question that theologians are still discussing.
Religious leaders who took part in an interfaith summit with Pope Francis in the United Arab Emirates say they were impressed, but want to see concrete applications.