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Italian Islamic Communities together with the members and friends of the Movimento dei Focolari will gather in St. Peter’s Square on the occasion of the Pope’s AngelusA way to testify the paths of brotherhood and mercy between many Muslims and Christians. It will be followed by a picnic consumed in a convivial manner. From 14 to 16.30 will take place a colloquium at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, in via Paolo VI, n. 25, to give voice to thoughts, aspirations, stories and projects from Italy, Syria, and France. A mosaic of experiences to answer meekly, but also with assertively to those who want to divide, to those who want us to believe that problems can be solved only with force, to those who increase mutual fear.

The participants will make a Pact of proximity and collaboration, which will be extended to all those who are willing to collect it both in Italy and elsewhere. At 10.30, at the Augustinianum, will take place a meeting with the journalists. To disclose the contents of the conference and give interviews, there will be the imam Izzidine Elzir (Florence), president of the UCOII, Youssef Sbai (Massa Carrara) and Mustafa Batzami (Teramo), the delegates of the Focolari in Italy Rosalba Poly and Andrea Goller, Focolari’s contacts for inter-religious dialog in Italy Josephine Brogna and Donato Fazzini.

“Terrorist violence – the organizers explain in a note – along with war do not show signs of weakening.  Every day hundreds of innocent people lose their lives. Those who are really concerned for peaceful coexistence and the supportive growth of our society feel the duty to get involved by taking specific responsibility for peace. There have been significant initiatives recently, especially after the what happened Paris”. Focolari and Islamics together “intend to raise public awareness and  reflection through stories and common paths, the result of a patient weaving which started years ago: interpersonal relationships, solidarity between families, respect and mutual esteem in Italy and in other parts of the world. We are not chasing an impossible dream of fraternal living; we want to highlight workable paths towards a more inclusive society enriched by diversity”.

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