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Franciscans Celebrate the Peace Encounter between St. Francis and Sultan

27 July Bengaluru: Leaders across various religions assembled together for an inter-religious event on Dialogue, Peace and Harmony in St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School Auditorium, Bengaluru on 27 July, Saturday to mark the 800th anniversary of an encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil of Egypt. Franciscans in Bengaluru under the leadership of Br. Praveen Henry D’ Souza, Minister Provincial organized this mega event to commemorate the peace initiative of St. Francis in 1219 during the time of Crusades to propose the end of war and to encourage peace and dialogue.

The dignitaries present include the religious heads Swami Tatwarupaananda Adyaksha, Mr Giani Keval Singh, Swami Mahamunivandaru Sritha Mahagathe, Mr. Shereyar Vakil, Dr J Bhavani and Dr. Mohammed Taha Mateen. They spoke in unison to a gathering of more than 700 people calling out for peace and harmony irrespective of our differences. They highlighted the essence of the religion saying that every religion invites to promote peace and harmony. Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado in his presidential address admired the peace initiative of St. Francis and explained how it is still relevant and meaningful for today.

The cultural programmes by students of Jyothi Nivas College, Al-Ameen School, Vaz Dramatics Academy and St. Joseph’s College brought out beautifully the theme of the celebration as well as the inter-religious peace. This gathering of peace concluded with the Peace March towards the War Memorial in Brigade Road where St. Francis’ song of peace was sung and hand-outs of peace prayer were distributed to the onlookers. Fr. Praveen speaking about the event said, "This event is a beginning of many such events in the future". He added, "As Franciscans, it is our duty to promote dialogue among various religious and become instruments of peace in the world."

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (August)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Richard D’ Silva

Balaswamy Gundiga

Entry

Birth

1952

1978

02

Portiuncula

Feast


03

Julius Arul Rayan

Birth

1974

04

+ Bernard Henrietta

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Ravi Bara

Home

Birth

Birth

1981

1982

1995

06

Benedict Gomes

Augustine Tirkey

Birth

Birth

1977

1989

08

+ Marianus Kadasani

T.S.Leo Max

Home

Birth

2004

1995

11

+ Clare of Assisi

+ Sanctes Molenkamp

Feast

Home


1990

14

Jesu Maharaja

Pasala Showri Raju

Birth

Birth

1975

1987

15

Arok Sundar Sebastian

Charles Bernard

Felix Gassam

Francis Kaviyil

Chinnappan M. Devaraj

Amaldas Belevendran

Bobby V.T.

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Ordination

1951

1990

1990

1992

1992

1992

2000

18

Jamesmon P.C.

Ordination

2001

19

John Chrysostom

Ordination

1995

21

Vijay Amirtharaj A.

Birth

1979

22

Bhaskar Reddy

Birth

1973

23

Stephen Arun S.

Birth

1994

25

King Louis IX

Arun Devasia Nattalil

Akshay Showry Raj

Feast

Birth

Birth


1991

1994

27

Joseph Kishan

Birth

1995

28

Fidelis D’ Lima

Birth

1939

30

Arockia Raj R.

Birth

1959

31

+ Christopher Coelho

Home

2007