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Mindanao Week of Peace Celebrations Begin

ICC Note:

In response to the on-going violence in Mindanao that has seen many Christian lives lost and displaced, more than 30,000 people are celebrating the “Mindanao Week of Peace” through December 3. The celebration began on November 27 with the goal of helping to “end the conflict between the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government.”

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11/28/08 Philippines (AsiaNews) More than 30,000 people took part in the kick-off celebrations of the “Mindanao Week of Peace”, in Zamboanga City. The island’s residents are invited to participate from 27 November till 3 December to various initiatives whose goal is to put an end to the conflict between the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government.

“People must believe that we can put together our minds and hearts to obtain the dream of peace in our land,” Father Calvo exhorted.

“It is beautiful to see Muslim and Christians working together, it is a sign of hope and solidarity,” the Capuchin friar added.

Prof Ali T. Yacub, a Muslim and a member of the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace, read a statement released by the Bishop-Ulama Conference (BUC) that urged everyone to strengthen the interfaith relationship.

Quoting from the statement, Mr Yacub urged religious leaders “to bring about durable and lasting peace through the integrity of mind and heart, humbly expressed in the reconciling process of repentance and forgiveness.”

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