» 10/16/2008, 00.00
PHILIPPINES - ASIA
Young people from all over Asia in Mindanao, for peace and interreligious dialogue
The leaders of 90 youth movements, belonging to different religions and ethnicities, have met on the island, the theater of a decades-long war between the army and the MILF. An appeal to the Filipino government to resume talks with the Islamic rebels.
11/11/2008 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Pope prays for Mindanao's Muslims
The Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy had asked for help in bringing an end to the humanitarian crisis in Mindanao, and in reviving talks between pro-independence Muslims and the government of Manila. Amina Rasul-Bernardo, the only Muslim woman to participate in the Christian-Islamic forum at the beginning of November, has written an account on her meeting with the pope: "He told me that he will pray for us."
In Mindanao, Christian and Muslim farmers work together
A school created by the Silsilah movement to teach sustainable farming methods, respectful of the environment. On the island scarred by the war between Islamic rebels of the MILF and government forces, a real example of coexistence and sharing between the communities of the two religions.
Sharing Gospel values with Muslims for peace in Mindanao
The Muslim majority region has been a theatre of war between the army and Islamic rebels for over 40 years. Fr. Randy Glore Rendora and Sr. Claire Marie R. Sy, both missionaries in the province of Lanao del Sur (Mindanao), tell AsiaNews about their experience of inter-faith dialogue among Muslims.
Philippines, foreign affairs undersecretary appointed to dialogue with MILF
Rafael Seguis, with a long diplomatic career behind him, will be in charge of resuming peace negotiations with the rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Relations were broken off last September 3, following the failure to sign the Memorandum of Agreement. During the week for peace in Mindanao, Christian and Muslim leaders are visiting churches and mosques.
Bishops: optimism over resumption of dialogue between government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front
All the members of the government delegation have been appointed. At Christmas, a ceasefire was observed by the army and the guerrillas.
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