Bishop Mouneer Hanna Anis received an invitation to attend a conference arranged by Al Azhar Al Sharif and the Council of the Muslims Elders. The theme of the conference was about “Freedom, Citizenship, Diversity and integration”. It was held in the 28th of February, till the 1st of March, 2017.
The conference dealt with four major issues:
- Freedom and diversity.
- Experiences and challenges.
- Participation and initiation.
The bishop’s speech was based on maintaining human rights, which is mentioned in all religions. He quoted two verses; one from the Holy bible and the other from the Quran.
The bishop raised important questions: “Who is responsible for the acknowledgment of citizenship rights? Is it on the clerics or politicians and activists?!” His Excellency believed that the religious leaders have the greater impact on achieving citizenship.
Bishop Anis emphasized that the cooperation between the clergy and the media is necessary to exploit the opportunities available for establishing “the right of citizenship”.