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WCC acting general secretary, Rev.Prof.Dr Ioan Sauca, meeting with H.H Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyanthe Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, during the reception of the Crown Prince for the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity members, Abu Dhabi

WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca meeting with H.H. Mohammad Ben Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, crown prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, 4 February 2022, HCHF press

Prior to the programme, he met with H.H. Mohammad Ben Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is the crown prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and the de facto ruler of Abu Dhabi. Members of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, of which Sauca is a member, also attended the meeting.

Sauca also served as a special panelist during the event itself, which was held at Expo2020 Dubai under the patronage and presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, U.A.E. minister of Tolerance and Coexistence.

During his reflection on the panel, Sauca emphasized the word “compassion,” meaning we must go beyond so-called “tolerance” for minority groups into a space of genuine caring. “Because the tendency now, especially in European or western societies, is to treat with tolerance the minorities, and give them rights but they become a group separated from the bigger society, left themselves to exist—but we don’t care about them.”

As part of his remarks, Sauca shared a video highlighting the Bossey Ecumenical Institutes unique interreligious summer course which, like all Bossey endeavors, combines academic teaching and experiential learning.

The video shows how Bossey equips future leaders by fostering renewal, reform, and cooperation. Students are able to nurture a critical appreciation of religious traditions, providing safe spaces for global interreligious dialogue, encounter, and community building, with a goal to build an interfaith awareness for life together.

The roundtable, held in collaboration with the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, marked the International Day of Human Fraternity by exploring the intrinsic values of human fraternity and the importance of ushering a fresh approach.

The gathering aimed to bolster strides made and achieved in building sustainable bridges among those of different faiths of the world through exploring similarities and shared views on human values, and promoting principles of peace and mutual respect.