Sunday 23 February 2014

Rome, Italy - Religions and violence, a Meeting: “No religious justification for violence”

Notable people from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths met diplomats, scholars and analysts on last Wednesday, February 19th, to discuss the theme “Religions and Violence” at a workshop organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio and “Missio”. 
Several situations have been addressed by participants: Syria and the Middle East, India and Pakistan, Iran and Iraq, the Africa of ethnic conflict and large-scale migration, the “Arab Spring”
countries who are living through a complicated and not always straight-forward transition towards democracy.
Some of those attending already took part in the International Meeting for Peace organized always by Sant’Egidio in September on the theme “Courage and Hope”. And repeated what also Pope Francis reminded them, i.e. that “there can be no religious justification for violence, in whatever form it manifests itself”.

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