Joint Statement on Mindanao Week of Peace
(26 NOVEMBER – 2 DECEMBER 2009)
Theme : “Think Mindanao, Feel Mindanao,
Bring Peace to Mindanao”
“Blessed are the Peace Makers, for they shall be called Children of God.” Matthew 5:9
“O you who believe! Enter into Peace (perfectly and completely)…”
“You will not enter paradise unless you believe. But you will not be able to believe unless you love one another; Do you want me to tell you a way by which you will be able to love one another? Give (and show) peace towards one another.” –Al-Hadith
In the spirit of fraternal collaboration and solidarity, we greet with respect our fellow Mindanawons as we celebrate once again the Mindanao Week of Peace.
Providentially initiated in 1998 by the Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), the MWP region-wide celebrations, later vigorously promoted by the BUC, have thankfully energized Mindanawons to express in many varied ways our need and aspirations for lasting peace. This variety of ways inspired by our respective faith and culture has repeatedly shown us that peace must begin with each and everyone of us.
Therefore, if peace has to be brought up personally to Mindanao by every Mindanawon, this need and aspiration must influence the individual thoughts and feelings of us all. Since our holy scriptures remind us always that each of us bears the image of the Almighty and Merciful Creator in our souls and spirit, this godly gift must always be in our minds when we think, in our heart when we feel, and in our behavior when entire Mindanao as one and solid community calls for a just and lasting peace.
So in the name of God/Allah we earnestly urge every Mindanawon: “Think Mindanao, Feel Mindanao, Bring Peace to Mindanao”.
Assalamu alaikum/ Peace be with us all!
FERNANDO R. CAPALLA, DD HILARIO M. GOMEZ, JR., PhD
Archbishop of Davao UCCP Bishop Emeritus
DR. HAMID A. BARRA
Ulama League of the Philippines
Posted on August 17, 2009, in Mindanao Conflict, Statements and tagged intercultural, interfaith, intiatives, mindanao, mindanao week of peace, statements on peace. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.