Pope Francis had previously co-written a joint declaration of the pope and Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb of Egypt in February 2019 titled, “Declaration on Human Fraternity for world peace and living together,” which condemned “acts of murder, exile, terrorism and oppression” carried out in God’s name.
We “resolutely declare that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood,” the text reads. “These tragic realities are the consequence of a deviation from religious teachings.”
“We thus call upon all concerned to stop using religions to incite hatred, violence, extremism and blind fanaticism, and to refrain from using the name of God to justify acts of murder, exile, terrorism and oppression,” the pair wrote. Yeah, good luck with that.