Several Lower Mainland municipalities have issued proclamations recognizing Feb. 1-8 as World Interfaith Harmony Week, a move Archbishop J. Michael Miller hopes will contribute to dialogue and respect for religion.
“I welcome local municipalities’ recognition of United Nations Interfaith Harmony Week,” said the archbishop. “At this time when there is so much division and hatred in the world, and religion is often perceived as a contributing factor, it’s important that people of faith show the world that religion plays a crucial and beneficial role in all societies.
The cities of Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Port Coquitlam were among those that issued proclamations calling for respect and tolerance for religious and personal beliefs.
The archbishop noted “Catholics, Christians, and all religious believers are engaged in ongoing respectful dialogue and mutual co-operation as they work to build a culture of peace and serve those in need.”
He said the week is “an important opportunity for believers and all people of goodwill to break down barriers that divide us an prevent us from recognizing our common humanity.”
World Interfaith Harmony Week was adopted in 2010 by the United Nations and is observed the first week of February.