Inter-faith meet for peace held in Yangon

The meet comes at a key moment for Myanmar – torn by ethnic and religious conflicts– with its government indicating willingness to improve its human rights record.

Myanmar
Oct 16 2013, 12:00 PM
Inter-faith meet for peace held in Yangon

Burmese religious leaders of different faiths launched a strong appeal "to work together to build security and peace in Myanmar", at a conference organized recently in Yangon jointly by the Institute for Global Engagement and the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy.

Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim leaders who participated in the meet were able to enhance interfaith understanding about a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. Archbishop Charles Maung Bo of Yangon represented the Catholic community.

The meet comes at a key moment for Myanmar – torn by ethnic and religious conflicts– with its government indicating willingness to improve its human rights record.

In a statement to Agenzia Fides, Archbishop Bo said, “We recognize the urgent need for frequent dialogue among leaders of different faiths in a spirit of mutual respect and recognize that peace and security are two essential factors. The religious leaders commit themselves to finding common ground, by adopting the concept of unity in diversity and to building bridges of cooperation. Among the causes of the on-going conflicts in Myanmar is poverty. We recognize the decisive role played by moral education based on shared values and education as the basis for national development.”

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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