Photo of Pope Francis kiss that travels the world.
Pope Francis is making history by becoming the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula, the cradle of Islam, where along with the great Imam of Al Azhar, he starred in a moment that is going around the world. All day, the Pope, dressed in white, and the great Sunni imam of the Egyptian institute Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, in black, showed themselves together in a fraternal way, in front of the great Zayed Mosque, one of the most great of the planet, and then they kissed in the rostrum of the interreligious conference, bathed in a shower of olive leaves. A kiss like that had not happened. Only in fiction, in 2011, when the Italian clothing brand Benetton created some controversial posters that distributed around the world where the then Pope Benedict XVI kissed a magnet in the mouth. At the time the posters received demands and were withdrawn. This time, however, the kiss on the cheek between the leaders of two of the most important religions in the world, Catholic and Islam, Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Cairo, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, has ceased to be in the fantasy mind of a creative advertising and has gone down in history The encounter and interreligious dialogue had been promoted by the pope and the great imam of Al Azhar, the most important institution of Sunni Islam. I hope that, not only here, but throughout the beloved and neuralgic region of the Middle East, there are concrete opportunities for encounter: a society where people of different religions have the same right to citizenship. "Pope Francis At the end of the meeting, Francisco and Imam Ahmed el Tayeb signed a joint declaration in which they compromised the efforts of the two religions to "fight against extremism". Before traveling, the Pope had described Al Tayeb as a "dear friend and brother". He had already visited it during his trip to Egypt in 2017 and before they had both met at the Vatican. Al Tayeb was the one who received the Pope at the airport in Abu Dhabi.
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