World Interfaith Week declared in Davao City

In News by 1 Billion Rising Lower Mainland Initiative

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

THE Davao City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday declaring the first week of February each year as World Interfaith Week in the city.

In her privilege speech during the regular session, Councilor Pilar C. Braga said she received a letter dated January 2 from the Interfaith Harmony by Fr. Hermes Larry B. Sabus, SM, Ustadz Isa D. Tahas and Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla.

The letter stated that some organizations met on December 27, 2012 to respond to the United Nations Resolution declaring 2013 as “Interfaith Harmony Links.”

She said the groups decided to participate in the celebration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 1-7, 2012 with the theme “Celebrating Interfaith Harmony for Love and Service to God and One Another.”

The participating groups are The Bishop-Ulama Conference, Al-Qalam Institute and Theology Division of the Ateneo de Davao University, Ma’had Piapi Al-Islamie, Archdiocesan Center for Ecunumical and Interreligious Dialogue, Mindanao Sulu Pastoral Conference-Youth Secretariat, 10th Infantry Division-Philippine Army, Mindanao Pranic healing Foundation, Brahma Kumaris, Philippine National Police, and Silsilah Forum Davao.

“The Interfaith Harmony Link aims to promote the World Interfaith Harmony Week; facilitate dynamic activities and create a space for exchange of thought/reflections/insights/dialogue on the theme; encourage representatives of different sectors to initiate voluntarily programs and activities promoting peace and harmony; and to strengthen partnership and mutual support in promoting Interfaith Harmony,” Braga said.