Sauca’s lecture took place during a forum session entitled “Experiences of Promoting Global Coexistence and Human Fraternity.”
He reflected that the forum itself was an embodiment of human fraternity.
“Our diversity and our differences are an invitation from God for us to come together, to know, respect and love one another and live together in harmony,” he said. “Coexistence is therefore a divine mandate, not only a human experience.”
Sauca cited examples related to climate justice, racial justice, the war in Ukraine, and justice and peace in the Middle East. “We are all one human fraternity celebrating the life and the creation given to us by God,” he said. “Let us be worthy of this gift and move together towards a future of integrity, dignity and prosperity for all.”
Other sessions explored dialogue for peaceful coexistence, as well as the role of religious leaders in addressing climate change and the global food crisis.
The invitation came from the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain
in cooperation with the Muslim Council of Elders.
Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, and Pope Francis attended the forum. More than 200 religious figures from around the world participated.