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Vatican’s Vice Minister and Horta launch TL’s Center of Human Fraternity for World Peace

Vatican’s Vice Minister and Horta launch TL’s Center of Human Fraternity for World Peace

DILI, 19 september 2022 (TATOLI) – President Horta and the Deputy Prime Minister of the Vatican, Archbishop Edger Pena Parra, on monday, launched Timor-Leste’s Center of Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, at the Presidential Palace.

The establishment of the center aims to promote peace and living together in the country.

“The first step that Timor-Leste takes to promote world peace and living together after the adoption of the Human Fraternity document is the establishment of this center,” President Horta said in his speech at the launching ceremony of the Center of Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together at the Presidential Palace on monday.

Horta said the next step will be the adoption of the principles of the Human Fraternity document in school curricula.

He said in order to promote peace and living together in the Southeast Asia region, on his first state visit to Indonesia, he handed over copies of the Human Fraternity document to Indonesia’s two largest Islamic organizations – Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah.

“I handed over the copies of the Human Fraternity document to these two Islamic organizations because they have played an important role in Indonesia’s history in promoting peace and tolerance,” he said.

Ramos-Horta was a member of the committee for the 2022 Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity, an international award that was established to mark the historic meeting of Pope Francis and the grand imam of Al-Azhar.

Timor-Leste was the first country in the world to adopt The Human Fraternity document, a document promoting peace and harmony between Christians and Muslims that has been endorsed by both Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayyeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar.

The “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” was signed on February 4, 2019, in Abu Dhabi during the pope’s visit to the United Arab Emirates. It seeks to promote a “culture of mutual respect” between the religions.

At the same place, the Vice Prime Minister of the Vatican, Archbishop Edger Pena Parra also stressed the importance of the Human Fraternity document in promoting peace and religious tolerance.

He said it is unjustifiable and unacceptable to kill someone in the name of religion: “Each of us in the religion we have, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and all the religions of the world must bear witness to what we want, which is a fraternity.”

“It is the fraternity from the religious point of view that unites us as brothers,” he said.

Pope Francis said: ‘Wars are always madness: all is lost in war, all is to be gained in peace.”

“Let us pray that Timor-Leste can implement a program to promote peace not only for Timor-Leste but also for the region,” he said.

Cardinal Carmo said the adoption of the Human Fraternity document demonstrated Timor-Leste’s willingness to promote peace, love, tolerance, and respect for the religious dignity of each person.

“This document reminds us that we will not resolve the violence and conflict alone. Fraternity is the only way for us to act together. All religions must work together to promote dialogue for peace, unity, and fraternity,” said Cardinal Carmo.

The leader of the Timorese Muslim community, Abdullah said the establishment of the center was a milestone for Timor-Leste.

“As a leader of the Timorese Muslim community, I am pleased with the establishment of this center that unites the Timorese people of different religious beliefs in Timor-Leste,” said Sagran.

Sagran pledged to collaborate with other religious leaders to promote peace, living together, and cultural respect to ensure stability in the country.

The launching ceremony of the center ended with the signing of the interreligious pact of Timor-Leste’s human fraternity for world peace and living together.

The pact was signed by religious leaders, including Cardinal Virgílio do Carmo da Silva, Bishop Norberto do Amaral, Fr. Alipio Pinto Gusmão, Pastor Domingos Amaral, Pastor Apolinario Martins, and H. Abdullah Said Sagran.

 

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges

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