CCSM participates in ‘Arab Media Gathering for Human Brotherhood’ Conference

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CCSM participates in ‘Arab Media Gathering for Human Brotherhood’ Conference

By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org

Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader has left for the United Arab Emirates to take part in the sessions of the conference titled, “The Arab Media Gathering for Human Brotherhood" which opened its sessions on Sunday, February 2, 2020 in Abu Dhabi.

The conference was launched by the Muslim Council of Elders to mark the first anniversary of the “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” document signed by His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayyib, on February 4, 2019. In attendance are over 200 media professionals from the Arab countries and worldwide.

Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders Dr. Sultan Al-Rumaithi said that the aim of the gathering is to provide an opportunity for media professionals to meet in order to agree on a unified media vision towards humanitarian issues.

In the opening session, UAE Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan Ben Mubarak Al Nahayan pointed out that "the enlightened Islamic behavior is the one that is based on moderation, on decent ethics, and on the fact that people are equal in humanity."

For his part, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications Cardinal Paolo Ruffini said, "The celebration marking the first anniversary of the signing of ‘Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together’ constitutes an opportunity to renew our commitment and mutual promise to serve as tools of peace in our way of communication and to proceed without hesitation on the path we have taken." He added: "We all know how important the media are in building global brotherhood, and how they can also be the path to continue nurturing misunderstanding, and enmity, that is why a Vatican department was devoted to communications, as it continues to dedicate all efforts to forward the principles of human fraternity and ensure that they are accessible to all. "

He pointed out that Pope Francis' visit to Abu Dhabi, especially the moment of the signing of “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” document constituted the most followed moments through the social media channels of the Vatican News website.

Cardinal Ruffini added, "The document signed a year ago calls on us to bear the shared responsibility of working together as people of good will so that the age of media communications would convey a culture of mutual respect. Noting that the document serves as a bridge, he said that we are called upon to cross this bridge as the document maps out the possibility that we have to construct a better future through knowledge."
He continued that religions have an educational duty, as they enable human to produce the best of what they have, as religions are not a problem but rather a part of the solution. Noting that evil must not be encountered with another evil, he urged those who work in various media outlets to spread the values of peace, justice, goodness, beauty, and human fraternity.

The conference will discuss various issues relevant to media coverage as well as discrimination towards the vulnerable, including children and the elderly, issues related to women and inequality, social violence, and handling of victims of wars. The conference will also discuss the principles of “the Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” document and its compliance with human rights charters.

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 13:47
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