“We are all brothers, and where there is brotherhood there is peace." Pope Francis greeted the participants in the meeting of the Permanent Committee for Dialogue between the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Iraqi Superintendents (for Shiites, Sunnis, Christians, Yazidis, Sabeans/Mandaeans) with these words on 29 March 2017 in the room adjacent to the Paul VI Audence Hall.
“We are children of God, everyone. And, as His Eminence [Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran] stated, we have an earthly father in common: Abraham; and since Abraham first 'set forth', up to today, we have come, everyone together. We are brothers and, like brothers, all different and all the same, as the fingers of one hand: there are five fingers; all are fingers, but all are different.
I thank God, the Lord, for helping us to be gathered here. Your dialogue among yourselves, your visit, is a true wealth of brotherhood, and through this is a path toward peace, for all. The peace of the heart, the peace of families, the peace of countries, the peace of the world.