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Mindanao Week of Peace

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Mindanao  Week of Peace

Mindanao Week of Peace is a celebration that involves communities of interfaith organizations, non-governmental organizations, people’s organizations as well as government agencies, all of whom are working, advocating and mainstreaming the Culture of Peace in Mindanao.

The Interfaith Forum for Peace, Harmony, and Solidarity organized the celebration of Mindanao Week of Peace 2011 in Cagayan de Oro City.  The theme was “A Common Word Between Us and You; Love God, Love your Neighbor.” The week opened with a “Walk for Peace” to the Freedom Monument at the Provincial Grounds.  At the same time we commemorated the International Day to End Impunity and Remembrance of the Maguindanao Massacre.

Once we arrived at the Provincial Capital Grounds a program began with Muslim & Christian led prayers followed by short messages from Muslim & Christian leaders.  After this, a song, “Peace, Are You Just a Dream?”  Father Fausto Tintorio, who had been killed, was now remembered before the roll call of the five hundred murdered journalists.  Prayers were offered by 5 seminarians and 5 representatives of the Armed Forces offered Flowers.

Mindanao Week of Peace culminated with a gathering with for a Peace Concert by VOICE Network and PEPP.  It was seen that making Peace is possible through the media of Culture and Art.  The winning entry of the Art Contest for Peace was described: “The white dove represents the hands of God that embrace people from all walks of life, Muslims, Christians, and other living faiths.” As we concluded our prayer and concert, we returned to our homes renewing our responsibility to try always to be persons of peace.

Sr.Lorie Nuñez, olm

 

Mindanao Week of Peace 2011

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