“Human fraternity,” he continued, “is the antidote the world needs to heal itself from the poison of these wounds.”
The pope also addressed young people and the onslaught of negativity, prejudice, and fake news they are faced with today.
He said youth need to know how to use the tools of “freedom, discernment, and responsibility.”
“Freedom is what distinguishes man,” Francis said. “God created us free even to reject him. Today we can no longer force our youth not to think, to ask the question, to be skeptical, because the question is the way to the truth. And because freedom of conscience, freedom of belief, freedom of thought, and freedom of expression are essential to help them grow and learn.”
“We can no longer force the youth of today, who hold in their hands cellphones that allow them to access any information, into darkness, ignorance, hatred, and isolation,” he added.
Pope Francis also spoke about discernment, which he called a “gift from God” and “the ability to distinguish between the false and the true.”
Pope Francis praised Abu Dhabi’s Abrahamic Family House, which provides a common place for the three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — to worship.
The complex, which has a church, a synagogue, and a mosque, opened earlier this year.
“The Abrahamic Family House is a place for respecting diversity, which God willed, and not turning difference into contempt or a cause for conflict,” he said.
“It is a place of coexistence, tolerance, and faith. Each of us can live his faith with respect for the other’s faith and human freedom,” he added. “Only those who are not sure of their faith live in fear of meeting others and rush into confrontation. A true believer lives his faith without feeling threatened by others and without the need to threaten others.”