Friday, 13 February 2015

Interfaith harmony, a journey towards peace in the world

Zamboanga (Agenzia Fides) - World interfaith harmony week, announced by the UN and scheduled in the first week of February each year, is being celebrated with various initiatives: Muslim-Christian dialogue and with the participation of institutions, on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines.
                As reported to Fides by "Silsilah" interfaith forum, in one of the events held in Zamboanga, in the presence of 300 faithful Christians and Muslims, His Exc. Mgr. Pablo Virgilio S. David, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, defined interfaith harmony "a journey towards peace in the world" by using, to define the concept of harmony, the language of music, alluding to the "mixture of notes".
                The Bishop said that "interfaith harmony is built when the encounter between people of different religions becomes a meeting of faith, hope and love". "Where and when interfaith dialogue is carried out, we celebrate a journey towards peace in the world", he said. "No matter how far you go and how long it takes, the important thing is to begin the first steps".
                According to the Bishop, good relations between religions "are expressed and advocated in the various Scriptures considered sacred by  Jews, Christians, Muslims and other religions". And "all religions appreciate values such as faith, hope and love". Mgr. David then recalled that "the 'neighbor', as stated in the Bible and in the Qur'an, is the one who shows mercy and compassion for those in need". (Agenzia Fides 05/02/2015)

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