What is the International Day of Human Fraternity all about?

Feb 3, 2022

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International Day of Human Fraternity is globally observed on 4th February. It aims to underline the importance of raising awareness about different cultures and religions or beliefs, and the promotion of tolerance.

As we commemorate the International Day of Human Fraternity, let us commit to do more to promote cultural and religious tolerance, understanding and dialogue.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres

There is deep concern regarding acts that advocate religious hatred and, thereby, undermine the spirit of tolerance and respect for diversity, especially at a time when the world confronts the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which requires a global response based on unity, solidarity and renewed multilateral cooperation.

And in these times, we need — perhaps more than ever before — to recognize the valuable contribution of people of all religions, or beliefs, to humanity and the contribution that dialogue among all religious groups can make towards an improved awareness and understanding of the common values shared by all humankind.

We also need to underline the importance of raising awareness about different cultures and religions, or beliefs, and the promotion of tolerance, which involves societal acceptance and respect for religious and cultural diversity, including regarding religious expression. Education, at school, should contribute in a meaningful way to promoting tolerance and the elimination of discrimination based on religion or belief.

Furthermore, we must acknowledge that tolerance, pluralistic tradition, mutual respect and the diversity of religions and beliefs promote human fraternity. Thus, it is imperative that we encourage activities aimed at promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue to enhance peace and social stability, respect for diversity and mutual respect and to create, at the global level, and also at the regional, national and local levels, an environment conducive to peace and mutual understanding.

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Reflection and Prayer for True Human Fraternity

Prayer: At the Service of Human Fraternity

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