26 September 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  •    - Brunei
  •    - Cambodia
  •    - East Timor
  •    - Indonesia
  •    - Laos
  •    - Malaysia
  •    - Myanmar
  •    - Philippines
  •    - Singapore
  •    - Thailand
  •    - Vietnam
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 08/24/2007, 00.00

    PHILIPPINES

    Catholic and Muslim youths together for peace in Asia

    Santosh Digal

    Filipino Dominicans and major Muslim leaders have been working for months to set up a forum where young Catholics and Muslims from South-East Asia could meet. After the first such meetings, all other religions in the region will be invited to tear down barriers and build peace together.

    Legazpi (AsiaNews) –Dominicans and major Muslim leaders in the Philippines have been working together to set up a forum where young Catholics and Muslims from around South-East Asia could meet and engage in dialogue. Their efforts are likely to be rewarded very soon.

    For Fr Ramonclaro Mendoz, OP, president of the Dominican-run Aquinas University told AsiaNews, the “purpose of bringing together young Muslims and Christians is to foster a strong sense of solidarity and belonging in the region.”

    Under the umbrella of the Church several initiatives have already been taken to bring Catholic youths together. This new venue is meant to enable them to share their life experiences, hopes and aspirations whatever their religion with the programme focusing on how youth can be agents of peace and solidarity.

    At present the technical details of organising the initiative are under discussion but fund raising is already underway to ensure its success.

    Once the first meeting is over, the next will extend to young people from all the religions of the region.

    Father Mendoz concluded by saying that “young people want to co-operate and play a role in making sure the project is successful. It is crucial to tear down every barrier between religions if we want to achieve true peace and social harmony.”

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    30/06/2009 PHILIPPINES
    Catholic University experiments with traditional methods of water filtering
    Aquinas University in Albay province, a volcanic region, is teaching locals ancient methods of water filtering. The result is low-cost good drinking water and better living conditions for residents.

    08/02/2010 PHILIPPINES
    Manila: young Taizé community members pray in silence
    Titled ‘Trust on earth’, the fifth pilgrimage organised by the Taizé community took place in Makaty City (Manila). More than 3,000 people from around the world participated in the event, which began on 3 February. Some Muslims were also present.

    29/08/2017 17:06:00 PHILIPPINES
    Christians, Muslims, and indigenous people together for a "culture of peace"

    Conferences and seminars encourage a “culture of peace and empathy". For one youth leader, “Youth, with their energy, connections and enthusiasm in advocating peace, can produce change in society."



    28/02/2007 PHILIPPINES
    In Guinsaugon young people rediscover life after their tragedy
    A landslide on February 17, 2006 almost wiped out this community south of Manila, killing more than a thousand people. Among the survivors 21 young students who, thanks to the intervention of a local priest, were able to complete high school and work through the trauma caused by the natural disaster.

    19/03/2008 PHILIPPINES
    New peace efforts for Muhammad’s birthday and Holy Week
    Today, a few days short of Easter Sunday, Muslims celebrate the birth of their prophet. In Mindanao religious leaders are convinced that this coincidence is an extremely positive event, using it to express their commitment to peace in the area.



    Editor's choices

    ISRAEL – PALESTINE
    New Vicar of Jerusalem to focus on young people and education, future of peace and hope



    Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo stressed the importance of education to ensure the future of new generations. The Church is a sign of "unity" in a context "marked by divisions" and a bridge in interfaith dialogue. The situation has gone from euphoria for peace to resignation over permanent conflict. He appeals to Western Christians to come as pilgrims to the Holy Land.


    NEPAL
    As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activists

    Christopher Sharma

    The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®