The pope and the grand imam of al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration calling for peace between nations, religions and races. There was a concerted effort to make sure all the religions of the world were represented at the gathering. The grand Inman, considered to be the most important imam in Sunni Islam, greeted Pope Francis "hand-in-hand in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood." 

The document was prepared "with much reflection and prayer", the Pope said. "If we believers are not able to shake hands, embrace one another, kiss one another, and even pray, our faith will be defeated", he said. The Pope explained that the document "is born of faith in God who is the Father of all and the Father of peace; Over and over again, the word "God" is used to simultaneously identify Allah and the God of Christianity. The document also boldly declares that "the diversity of religions" that we see in the world was "willed by God." In other words, it is the will of God that there are hundreds of different religions in the world and that they are all acceptable in His sight.