Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” and Islamic Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al Azhar, met together this week and signed a declaration calling for tolerance and peace among the nations of the world, as well as dialogue between the world’s religions. The move has been questioned by some as being another step toward one world religion.
According to Vatican News, the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” was signed on Monday in Abu Dhabi, and calls for “all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together.”
It also declares “in the name of God” on behalf of those who identify as Muslim and Catholic “the adoption of a culture of dialogue as the path; mutual cooperation as the code of conduct; reciprocal understanding as the method and standard.”
“We, who believe in God and in the final meeting with Him and His judgment, on the basis of our religious and moral responsibility, and through this document, call upon ourselves, upon the leaders of the world as well as the architects of international policy and world economy, to work strenuously to spread the culture of tolerance and of living together in peace,” the document states.
In speaking on the freedom of religion, it asserts that “the diversity of religions … are willed by God,” and that men should not be “forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture.”
“The pluralism and the
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