Love is the only way for peace PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 November 2011 16:32

With a vision for a peaceful and harmonious society, more than 25,000 people marched from Pettit Barracks to Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Stadium last November 24 to open the Celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2011 that has the theme, "Common Word Between Us and You: Love of God, Love of Neighbor".

This year’s theme is based on a divine common core commandment from God/Allah which is to love God and your neighbor. Mindanao religious leaders believe that the conflicts, wars and animosities in Mindanao today can be traced to the wrong understanding and/or violation of this universal commandment.  And for this reason, they are appealing for all Mindanawons to renew their faith and to live a life of loving God/Allah and love/respect people of different religion, traditions and cultures.

The marchers, spearheaded by the Peace Advocate Zamboanga (PAZ), came from different multi-sectors comprising of government and academe officials, professional and student groups, NGOs and private business organizations, street children, and urban poor farmers. It was the longest peace parade in the history of Mindanao or even in our country.

This annual peace parade is a significant event as it unifies different groups in seeking lasting peace for Mindanao.  Despite the many incidents of kidnapping, conflicts, political rivalries, and gruesome murders, the peace parade has proven that people long for peace in the region, PAZ Convenor Fr. Angel Calvo proudly beamed.

God be with us always. Assalamu alaikum!

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 16:38