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The Order of Friars Minor is one with the entire world and with the Holy Father in celebrating the International Day of Human Fraternity.

Pope Francis has encouraged everybody to join in the celebration of International Human Fraternity Day under the leadership of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. In the January edition of the Pope’s Video, “At the service of human fraternity,” the Holy Father highlights the importance of focusing on what is essential to the faith of all faiths: worship of God and love of neighbour. “Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother, a sister, to share life, or to support one another, to love, to know…

As Franciscans we are challenged to imbibe the teachings of the encyclical Fratelli tutti, which was inspired by the very words of our Seraphic Father Francis of Assisi: a dedication to fraternity and social friendship.

The Holy Father will mark the International Day of Human Fraternity in a virtual meeting on 4 February, the date set by the United Nations General Assembly for this new annual occasion. He will do so together with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. The event will be held in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed.

May we have a blessed and meaningful celebration of the International Day of Human Fraternity!