Participants of the "Abrahamic Faiths Initiative" meet with Pope Francis

30 Jan 2020

The "Abrahamic Faiths Initiative", a consultation held from 14–16 January at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, gathered 25 Jewish, Muslim and Christian world leaders, representing the three Abrahamic faiths, to discuss ways of working together to promote world peace, religious freedom and interreligious understanding. A statement was issued at the conclusion of the consultation.

The event, organized by the Multi-Faith Neighbors Network (MFNN), under the leadership of Pastor Bob Roberts, Imam Mohamed Magid, and Rabbi David Saperstein, was inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in 2019 in an effort for peace and reconciliation.

Participants included Rabbi David Rosen, of the American Jewish Committee, Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies; the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, Cardinal Ayuso Guizot of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Reverend Father Norbert Hofmann, SDB, Secretary of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews.