UN secretary-general to join Al-Azhar, Vatican in world day of prayer to end coronavirus

Ahram Online , Monday 4 May 2020

UN Secretary-General
File Photo: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced he will take part in an international day of prayer and fasting on 14 May to ask God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week, the inter-religious Higher Committee of Human Fraternity issued an international call for all people of all faiths to make it a day of praying, fasting, and doing acts of mercy to implore God to save the world from the pandemic.

"In difficult times, we must stand together for peace, humanity and solidarity. I join His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb in their support for the Prayer for Humanity this 14 May – a moment for reflection, hope, and faith," Guterres tweeted.

The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity is made up of 11 religious leaders, scholars and cultural leaders from around the world aiming to support a peaceful world under the Document of Human Fraternity signed between Sheikh El-Tayeb and Pope Francis in February 2019.

The document is meant to achieve universal peace, encourage closeness between peoples and renounce violence and extremism.

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