His Holiness Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church, met with members of the jury of the Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity in its third session 2022, on Wednesday, at the Papal Headquarters, stressing the importance of the work they are doing for the world.
His Holiness Pope Francis described his historic meeting with the Grand Imam, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Professor Ahmed Al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as the “first step” on the path of human fraternity.
For their part, the members of the Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity Jury expressed their deep gratitude to Pope Francis for the committee’s support in its lofty mission, stressing that the judging process is based on its evaluation of the historical human fraternity document signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Professor Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 2019, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and patron of human brotherhood.
The jury includes former President of the Republic of Niger and winner of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2020 Muhammadu Issoufou, former President of East Timor and winner of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize José Ramos Horta, and former Vice President of South Africa and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Phumzile Mlambo-Ngkuka Cardinal Michael Czerny, Under-Secretary of the Department of Migrants and Refugees at the Holy See, Dr. Leah Bessar, Head of the Aladdin Project Initiative, and Counselor Mohamed Abdel Salam, Secretary General of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity.
Commenting on this meeting, Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso, Chairman of the Sessions of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity and President of the Pontifical Council for Dialogue, expressed that the meeting of His Holiness Pope Francis with the members of the jury of the Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity 2022 represents support for the Committee’s efforts in presenting pioneering models that would contribute to Spreading the principles stipulated in the Document on Human Fraternity and calling for spreading the values of tolerance, coexistence and peace.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity, the former advisor to the Grand Imam, Sheikh of Al-Azhar and the first Arab Muslim to receive the highest honor from the Pope of the Vatican, Counselor Abdel Salam, said that it is an honor for the jury to meet His Holiness Pope Francis, whose common journey is human fraternity side by side. Together with the Grand Imam, he is an inspiration to heaven and a world that suffers from humanitarian and health crises, as well as the scourge of selfishness, inequality and injustice.
Following the visit of Pope Francis, the jury held its first in attendance meeting in Rome to discuss evaluation mechanisms to determine the winners of the award in its third session 2022.
The Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity, which includes a financial prize of one million US dollars, aims to promote the values of human fraternity, which His Holiness Pope Francis described as “the challenge of this century” by celebrating individuals and entities who have made great contributions to promoting the dissemination of the values of human fraternity and peaceful coexistence.
The award, which is granted by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, was established in February 2019 to commemorate the historic meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, where the two great religious symbols signed the Human Fraternity Document and became the first honorary winners of the Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity.
The Higher Committee for Human Fraternity is an independent international committee established to promote the values of human fraternity around the world and achieve the aspirations of the Document of Human Fraternity.
The nomination process for the Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity 2022 will end on December 1, 2021, and the winners will be announced on February 4, 2022. Eligible entities can submit their nominations for the award through the official website of the Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity at the following link: https://zayedaward.org/.
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