'Media should be the main player in creating a bridge of communication between people'

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'Media should be the main player in creating a bridge of communication between people'

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

A year ago, we celebrated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital, Abu Dhabi, the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, which is a document for joint action by Muslims and Christians. The document was signed by His Holiness Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar.

Today, we celebrate the first anniversary of this historic visit by Pope Francis to the UAE, and review with media professionals in the Arab world what can be done on the ground in order to implement the common values contained in this joint document. The scope of application is wide, but the media has a responsibility and a mission, as Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication Mr. Paolo Ruffini questioned: “How can the document serve as a bridge among people?”

The media should be the main player in creating this bridge of communication between people on the basis and on the basic values found in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. The opportunity is large, and the interaction is also great. The media have a responsibility that increases one day after the other."

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