World Interfaith Harmony Week in Hyderabad

04Feb2017

At St Francis Xavier Cathedral hall, Hyderabad

Sindh province

Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad under the guidance of Bishop Samson Shukardin OFM and prepared by Fr Liam O’Callaghan SSC and Mr Danish Yaqoob

The programmes began with a prayer, as a representative from each community came forward to light the peace and harmony candle and the three recited together the opening interfaith harmony prayer.

Then Fr Liam and Danish, through the use of PowerPoint, gave input on the background to the World Interfaith Harmony Week.  Following a unanimous United Nations resolution in 2010, accepting the proposal of King Abdullah II of Jordan, this began in 2011 and is now celebrated in the first week of February every year.

Then there was input on interreligious dialogue:  what dialogue is and what it is not and how it might be employed to bear fruit on some of the pressing issues of our society today.

Then there was input on interreligious dialogue:  what dialogue is and what it is not and how it might be employed to bear fruit on some of the pressing issues of our society today.

This was followed by sharing from some of the participants from the different traditions on the need for and possibilities for cooperation on ways to promote interfaith harmony between and among the people of different faiths.

The conclusion of the proceedings was the common reciting of the interfaith prayer as each participant held a candle which had been lighted from the peace and harmony candle.

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