AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Interreligious declaration of Abidjan: "Religions must be the basis of peace"

Tuesday, 1 March 2022 peace  

Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - "Solidarity, fraternity and dialogue among all religions must be the very basis of social peace" said Christian and Muslim religious leaders gathered in Abidjan for the international symposium on the theme "The Eternal Message of Religions".
The Superior Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs of the Ivory Coast (Cosim) and the Mohammed VI Foundation of the African Ulema organized the initiative, which was held in Abidjan, from February, 23 to 25 which brought together hundreds of Christian and Muslim participants.
The religious leaders gathered in the Ivorian economic capital believe that "solidarity, fraternity and dialogue among all religions must be the very basis of social peace".
Therefore, one of the objectives of the international symposium was to guarantee "the duration of the eternal message of peace to Ivorian and African society and humanity".
In their declaration, the religious leaders "invite all the living forces of African countries to remain united and to support one another in the face of all risks of division, and not to give in to threats or any types of confluence knowingly propagated to undermine the unity of their ranks" and hope for cooperation among religions to face the multiple crises that are shaking the continent, "especially those relating to health, food, the environment and the economic and social domains".
Muslim and Christian clerics therefore ask to mobilize and tackle harmful effects of climate changes; they call on everyone to play their role in protecting biodiversity and the environment in Ivory Coast and in all African countries, and to make significant sacrifices for the wellbeing of future generations, by working together". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 1/3/2022)