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Inter-Religious Event on Dialogue, Peace and Harmony

(in commemoration of 800th anniversary of encounter between St. Francis of Assisi, and Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil)

Bengaluru, 24 July, 2019: The year 2019 commemorates 800th anniversary of encounter between St. Francis of Assisi, a medieval Saint from Italy and Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil of Egypt. The followers of St. Francis of Assisi, known as Franciscans ministering in various places in the Archdiocese of Bengaluru together with Most. Rev. Dr. Peter Machado, the Archbishop commemorate this anniversary by holding an Inter-Religious Event on Dialogue, Peace and Harmony on 27 July 2019 at 3.30 PM in St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School Auditorium, Bengaluru.

In the middle ages, there were several Christian military expeditions from Europe called Crusades against the Muslims in the Middle East to gain control of the holy sites considered sacred by both Christians and Muslims. In the year 1219, when the ruthless war was at its peak, St. Francis of Assisi undertook a different expedition to meet the Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil to propose the end of war and to encourage peace and dialogue. St. Francis met the Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil in a place called Damietta. St. Francis enjoyed the brotherly hospitality of Sultan, preached peace in the court of Sultan and returned to Italy enriched by this visit.

St. Francis and the Sultan were deeply touched by each other’s humility, openness and desire for peace. This profound encounter led St. Francis to craft a new way of life for his brothers about how they could go among the Muslims as instruments of peace.

This encounter between St. Francis and Sultan offers us the model to respect, to dialogue and to live in peace as brothers and sisters despite the religious differences. Even though, it is 800 years ago that St. Francis undertook this journey of peace, such an initiative is indeed the need of the hour today.

During this Inter-Religious Event on 27 July 2019, the representatives from different faiths will address the gathering on how it is possible to find the common ground for peaceful and harmonious existence in the world in spite of our differences. Most. Rev. Dr. Peter Machado, the Archbishop of Bengaluru, an advocate of Inter-Religious dialogue, will deliver the presidential address. People of different faiths, young and old, men and women are expected to partake in this celebration.

India, our beloved nation, is a home to people of different faiths. India has always been a nation of dialogue, peace, harmony and tolerance. The Franciscans ministering in Bengaluru and elsewhere in India commit themselves to promote respect for all faiths, to encourage dialogue across various religions and to create peaceful environment walking in the footprints of the Founder St. Francis of Assisi.

Fr. Praveen Henry D’ Souza, OFM
Minister Provincial
St. Anthony's Friary, 85 Hosur Road,
Bangalore 560095. India. Tel 0091 25531265. 0091 7829255689
Email. Official: ofm.india@gmail.com; personal: praveenhenryd@gmail.com

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (October)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

04

St.Francis of Assisi

Robin Lakra

Pratap Reddy Salibindla

Arulsamy A.

Thomas Joseph

Bobby V.T.

Johnny Anthony

Athanasius Xaxa

Leos Ekka

Solemnity

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows


1974

1988

1988

1988

1988

1989

1991

1991

06

Salim Joseph

Babu Jose Pamplany

James N.

Trevor D’ Souza

Malom - Noatoli

+ George Muthaiah

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Arrival

Home

1991

1991

1991

1991

1995

2002

08

North Guwahati

Salvador D’ Souza

Arrival

Ordination

1999

2011

10

+ Gerald D’ Souza

Home

2013

14

+ Bosco Jayaraj

Tony D’ Souza

Home

Ordination

1970

1990

15

Joy Sebastian

Prasad Rao K.

Birth

Birth

1972

1990

19

Provincialate

Marius Dahanga

Blessing

Birth

1998

1992

21

+ Basil Devasagayam

Arockiasamy P.

Eliyas Reddy

Home

Birth

Birth

1965

1970

1995

26

Gerald Lobo

Birth

1951

27

+ Paschal Lobo

Jose Palimattom

Benjamin Jojo

Anil Xalxo

Thumma Ranjith Kumar Reddy

Home

Birth

Birth

Birth

Birth

1956

1967

1975

1979

1988

28

Teiborlang Wartde

Birth

1987

30

Austin Francis

Birth

1972

30

Punitha Anthoniar Illam - Madurai

Blessing

1994

31

Manish Ekka

Birth

1993