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Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb sign joint statement on Human Fraternity

Yesterday Pope Francis, during his historic first-ever visit of a Roman pontiff to the Arabian peninsula, again made big news by signing a joint statement on "Human Fraternity" with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb. He's sort of like the Sunni Muslim pope, if you keep in mind that Islam isn't a centralized religion and so has no pope. This is the most significant document on Catholic-Muslim relations since Vatican II's Nostra Aetate. Rather than being a doctrinal statement about what Catholics and Muslims believe, it takes Christians' and Muslims' shared belief in the one true God and Creator as a starting-point for a shared effort to promote a culture of dialogue, mutual understanding, social justice, human rights, and peace.

It's a great summary of many of the principles of Catholic social teaching. One can read the entire document in under half an hour, so I won't summarize it. I will only observe that, along with social ills such as…

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