ASIA/PAKISTAN - Christians and Muslims: Christmas as a "seed of peace"

Tuesday, 5 January 2016 dialogue   religious minorities   local churches  

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - An interreligious meeting where to talk, celebrate, confront oneself on the theme of christmas starting from the Bible and the Koran: was the successful event organized by the Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Lahore. The program was organized by the coordinator of the council Fr. Francis Nadeem and was attended by the Minister for Minority Affairs and Human Rights of the government of Punjab, the Catholic Khalil Tahir Sindhu, and by many other Christian and Muslim religious leaders.
Those present shared prayers and readings from the Bible and the Koran, holding lighted candles, while the choir of the Church of Santa Maria proposed christmas carols. Those present remarked that "Christmas in Pakistan highlights the urgency of interreligious harmony". "The whole world and in particular Pakistan is facing terrorism and there is bloodshed everywhere. It is the task of Christians and Muslims to promote peace and religious harmony so that peace can prevail in the world". Capuchin Franciscan friar Fr. Francis Nadeem, thanked the leaders present, and called for "the elimination of all forms of discrimination and hatred in order to allow the seeds of peace, tolerance and harmony to grow". (PY-PA) (Agenzia Fides 05/01/2015)