Christian and Muslim Students Vow in Lahore to Become “Peacemakers”

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In a ceremony organised by “Council for Inter-religious Dialogue” a team of Christian and Muslim students, pledged to become peacemakers.

The team entitled “Ambassadors of Peace” is made up of Muslim and Christian children from different schools and madrassas (Islamic schools) and is open to children who belong to other religions.

The initiative was promoted and realized thanks to the efforts of Francis Nadeem, OFM Cap, who is also director of a school started by the Capuchin Franciscan friars in Lahore and one of the founders of the “Council for Inter-religious Dialogue”.

In a ceremony organised by the council, the team took an oath and committed themselves to being “peacemakers”.

“Being an ambassador is not only a title, but a big responsibility”, remarked Miss Sumera, a teacher at St. Mary High School. “Children are selected as special messengers because they are fearless, and do what they think. Children study and play together, without any kind of discrimination. Children do not nourish resentment in their hearts”.

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“We suggested to the children: whenever you see a conflict between your brothers and sisters or between parents, try to carry out your role for reconciliation,” Sumera explained about the concept behind the initiative. “Peace is “the desperate need of the present moment, not only in our country, but around the world devastated by terrorism,” she added

Muslim leader Mufi Syed Ashiq Hussain, a member of the Inter-religious Council and director of the ”New century Koran institute” in Lahore, told the children that “none of the religions teaches to spread hatred, discrimination or war” and that “all religions teach peace, tolerance, forgiveness and acceptance”.

“What you learn in childhood is remembered for a lifetime”, he added, noting the importance of educational work with children, inviting them to “always sow peace, for life,” he elaborated