Beng enjoins public support to Interfaith Harmony Week PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 11:39

by CLAUDINE UNIANA

Mayor Beng Climaco has issued an executive order calling upon constituents of the city to join and support the observance of the World Interfaith Harmony Week in Mindanao from February 1-7, 2016.

Issued on January 14, Executive Order No. BC 161-2016 enjoins the active participation and support of all schools, government entities, private institutions, non-government organizations, parishes, church-based organizations, civil society groups, urban poor communities and other people’s organizations in the various activities lined up for the said week-long celebration.

The city’s celebration will be spearheaded by the United Nations Interfaith Harmony Partners – Zamboanga.

The United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly recognizes the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people.

In addition, it recalls with appreciation various global, regional and subregional initiatives on mutual understand and interfaith harmony, including the Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace, and the initiative “A Common Word.”

The international organization further recognizes that the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions and beliefs call for peace, tolerance and mutual understanding.

Moreover, the U.N. General Assembly reaffirms that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.

The U.N. General Assembly, in its 34th plenary meeting, proclaimed the first week of February of every year as the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs.

All states are encouraged to support, on voluntary basis, the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during the week, based on love of God and love of one’s neighbor or on love of the good and love of one’s neighbor, each according to their own religious traditions or convictions.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Harmony: The Wellspring of Hope and Peace.” — Claudine Uniana