MABDA Report 30/5/2016

King receives Coptic Metropolitan of Jerusalem and Jordan

His Majesty King Abdullah II, Sunday, received His Eminence Metropolitan, Anba Antonious, on the occasion of his enthronement on the seat as the Coptic Metropolitan of Jerusalem and Jordan.

At the meeting, attended by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, Chief Advisor to HM King Abdullah for Religious and Cultural Affairs and the King’s Personal Envoy, King Abdullah congratulated the Metropolitan on his appointment to the post and wished him success in promoting dialogue and understanding among followers of different religions.


Al-Azhar imam, Pope Francis embrace in historic Vatican meeting

Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths.

The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013.



The United Arab Emirates has adopted a comprehensive vision for combating extremism and terrorism, taking into account the intellectual and cultural dimensions feeding them, said Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance.

In a speech she gave on behalf of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, on Friday at the session of the 4th Interfaith Dialogue Conference in Copenhagen, Sheikha Lubna lauded the conference's main theme of confronting extremism, saying that extremism is the main source of terrorism.