Following the recent attack against two Christian Churches in Lahore, a meeting has been organized to promote peace, harmony and security between Christians and Muslims.
The meeting was organized by the Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Interfaith Conference of Peace. According to Fides, the organizers of the event brought together leading Muslim and Christian leaders, scholars, intellectuals, civil society representatives and local residents of Youhanabad, the district struck by the attacks.
The participants discussed in depth the social and religious situation in Pakistan. All agreed that “there is an ongoing effort to increase conflicts and misunderstandings among Christian and Muslim citizens in the country”, says Fr. Fr. Francis Nadeem OFM Cap., provincial superior of the Capuchin Friars of Pakistan, who along with Edward Qaisar organized the meeting.
“The efforts carried out by forums and organizations like ours – he continues – have produced fruitful results and have been able to develop religious harmony in the country. We strongly condemned the acts of terrorism and the killing of innocent people in Pakistan and other countries of the Middle East”.
The participants also lit candles as a symbol of peace, launching an appeal to the government and political leaders so that they adopt initiatives for harmonious and peaceful development in Pakistan.