Fr. Bader: The Abrahamic Family House is a source of pride for the UAE

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Fr. Bader: The Abrahamic Family House is a source of pride for the UAE

Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan has said: “We highly value and express admiration for the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) endeavor to transform tolerance from ink on paper into a living reality which we are always proud of.

In an interview published by the UAE newspaper Al-Ittihad, Fr. Bader pointed out that earlier this year marked the historic visit of His Holiness Pope Francis and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb to the UAE, which led to the launching of the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, that has a global nature, as well as the procedures relevant to facilitating the construction of new houses of worship for Christians or Hindus which serve in the dissemination of tolerance.

Referring to his recent visit to the UAE, CCSM Director Fr. Dr. Bader said that he found out in the UAE a practical application of what the constitutions stipulate with regards to respect for freedom of worship and to providing the optimum conditions for performing religious rites as every community has a church. He stressed that this is a source of pride for the UAE, and a message to be conveyed from the UAE to the entire world which states that freedom of worship and tolerance cannot proceed hand-in-hand without practical application, which is actually followed in the UAE.

Fr. Dr. Bader added: “We are witnessing nowadays the launching of the Abrahamic Family House. The children of Abraham are the believers. They are the children of the three religions, namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This center or rather the Abrahamic Family, which will be launched in the UAE, is a message to the entire world that harmony among followers of religions is possible and that religion has a great message in disseminating the values of brotherhood, equality, and mutual respect.

He added: “As the three sites of worship for the three religions are close to one another and have one foundation, the three followers of three religions enjoy spiritual closeness. This matter is not related to the closeness of the constructions, but the closeness of people through encounter, and through the interest in meeting others who are brethren, friends, and partners in the worship of the one God and in the entire humanity. Congratulations to the UAE for adopting this grand approach. It is hoped that this step will serve as a model to be emulated in all countries.

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