United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during the 9th ASEAN UN Summit in Manila - REUTERS
CAIRO – 4 May 2020: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced he supports the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity’s call to pray for humanity on May 14, joining Head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis, and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders Ahmed el-Tayeb.
On his official Twitter account, Guterres wrote on Sunday, “In difficult times, we must stand together for peace, humanity & solidarity. I join His Holiness Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb in their support for the Prayer for Humanity this May 14 – a moment for reflection, hope, and faith.”
This comes after Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb welcomed the prayer initiative.
The high committee to implement the objectives of the Human Fraternity Document between Egypt’s Al-Azhar Institution and the Vatican city called upon all people worldwide to pray to God to eradicate the crisis of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on May 14.
As per a joint statement, the two religious institutions called upon all people to pray to Allah, asking Him to eradicate this pandemic and to help scientists reach a treatment for the coronavirus.
On the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when the Muslims worldwide fast from dusk to dawn worldwide, Pope Francis extended his greetings to Grand Imam of Al-Azhar.
Both religious figures discussed the ways of strengthening global solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic.