In 1219, a historic meeting took place between St. Francis and the Sultan of Egypt, Al-Kamil. Now they want to continue it in Pakistan, sending a universal message of tolerance, friendship, dialogue and a common commitment for peace. It’s a decision by the National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism, within the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Pakistan. They organized a meeting to inaugurate the activities to remember the event 800 years ago.
The ceremony was held on January 12 in Lahore and was chaired by Franciscan Sebastian Shaw, archbishop of the city and president of the Commission and Fr. Francis Nadeem, Custodian of the Capuchin Friars of Pakistan, Executive Secretary of the Commission. The two great leaders, St. Francis and Al-kamil, “spoke up for peace and tolerance amid the atmosphere of war and conflict during the crusades. They gave an example of interreligious dialogue and mutual understanding,” said Fr. Nadeem.
At the beginning of the ceremony, a painting depicting the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Al-Kamil was presented, while pigeons were released as a symbol of hope and to spread the message of peace in Pakistan, especially in areas where there are religious and political conflicts.
Throughout the year, numerous activities will be presented throughout the country for both Christians and Muslims, including seminars for children, young people and university students.
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