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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."

 

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ST. FRANCIS

ST. FRANCIS

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