UPF-Argentina IAPD Celebrates World Interfaith Harmony Week

Argentina-2022-02-07-IAPD-UPF Argentina invites Religious Dignitaries to join Interfaith Week

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Argentina—Twelve representatives of different religions and worldviews from different Argentinian cities and provinces offered a message in support of the 2022 World Interfaith Harmony Week (1), by invitation of IAPD and UPF-Argentina. The messages were shared through social networks from February 1st to 7th, 2022 (2)

The idea was to share a video message related to World Interfaith Harmony, considering “the importance of dialogue, cooperation and interreligious action for Peace; the importance of good daily spiritual nourishment for inner strength and solidity and integral health, to face these challenging times, in moments where it is also transcendental to highlight values such as freedom, solidarity, fraternity, and hope.”

Responses were received from the Catholic community: Monsignor Ramón Alfredo Dus, archbishop of Resistencia’s Archdiocese, Province of Chaco; presbyters Carlos White, representative of the archbishop in the Buenos Aires Archdiocese Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue Commission; Father Rafael Del Blanco, priest at Resistencia Archdiocese’s “Santísima Trinidad” Parish and member of Chaco’s Interreligious Board; and Cristina Mirabelli, member of the interreligious group “Dialogue and Coexistence,” an interreligious dialogue space in northern Buenos Aires.

Remarks were given by Agustín Marcoff, rabbinical student at the Marshall Meyer Rabbinical Seminary in Latin America and lecturer in charge of the Jewish community in La Plata, Province of Buenos Aires; and Imam Marwan Gill, president of the Ahmadía Muslim community in Argentina.

A message from the Sikh Dharma community in Argentina was given by Inderveer Kaur, representative of IAPD-Argentina; from the Baha’i community by Graciela Páez Báez, from External Affairs of the Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is in Argentina, Province of San Juan; and Rosalía Gutiérrez, representative of the Kolla people.

A video message was sent by Swami Purnabodhananda, from Ramakrishna Ashrama Argentina; Guillermo Pitarch, priest at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, director of Public Affairs and Communication for Argentina; and Gustavo Libardi, president of Scientology Church Argentina.

Interreligious dialogue and cooperation, with gestures of fraternity and service, are the foundation of the global work and mission of UPF, now promoted through IAPD and other entities. In Argentina, it is one of the seven lines of action, creating different initiatives every year (3).

It is worth recalling that Buenos Aires was declared in 2016 “City of Interreligious Dialogue” by the Legislature of its capital, by Law No. 5.556 (4). Thus, Argentina and the region are a global reference for interreligious dialogue.

Quotes:

1) The World Interfaith Harmony Week was established in 2010 by the UN General Assembly (Resolution A/RES/65/5), which “Reaffirms that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.” For that reason, it “encourages all States to support, on a voluntary basis, the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week, each according to their own religious traditions or convictions.”

Text source: https://www.un.org/en/observances/interfaith-harmony-week

2) Supporting messages of 2022:
Message by presbyter Carlos White: https://youtu.be/ws35EQWJJTM
Message by Swami Purnabodhananda: https://youtu.be/rRubE9PPtjM
Message by Inderveer Kaur: https://youtu.be/h6t_70i_fCg
Message by Rosalía Gutiérrez: https://youtu.be/d18UeP7xiOU
Message by Gustavo Libardi: https://youtu.be/cjjhkh_87pM
Message by Graciela Páez Báez: https://youtu.be/cFDrilAby3s
Message by Imán Marwan Gill: https://youtu.be/nN7jr0OO7N8
Message by Guillermo Pitarch: https://youtu.be/ovH-O2gNN_s
Message by presbyter Rafael Del Blanco: https://youtu.be/V0gLwXbPSlo
Message by Mons. Ramón Alfredo Dus: https://youtu.be/f-gSyLBBswQ
Message by Cristina Mirabelli: https://youtu.be/FgytEag32s8
Message by Agustín Marcoff: https://youtu.be/X75-eQqwy3A

3) World Interfaith Harmony Week – UPF-Argentina:

2013: https://www.upf.org/united-nations/interfaith-harmony-week/2013/5004-world-interfaith-harmony-week-celebrated-in-buenos-aires

2014: https://www.upf.org/united-nations/interfaith-harmony-week/2014/5594-world-interfaith-harmony-week-to-be-observed-in-buenos-aires

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYHBOCCMEWA

2015: https://www.upf.org/united-nations/interfaith-harmony-week/2015/6303-world-interfaith-harmony-week-observed-in-argentina

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3oXMZrU8OE

2021: https://www.upf.org/united-nations/interfaith-harmony-week/2021/9383-upf-argentina-marks-un-world-interfaith-harmony-week-with-tree-planting-ceremony

Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=255944905928303

Presentation of IAPD-Argentina 2020:

https://www.upf.org/363-language/9111-panel-interreligiosos-para-la-paz-y-el-desarrollo-sostenible

Review on the 2021 “Interreligious Dialogue and Good Practices” Series - IAPD/UPF/YSP:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYVjeI94VKE

4) Law on declaration of Buenos Aires as a “City of Interreligious Dialogue”:

http://www2.cedom.gob.ar/es/legislacion/normas/leyes/ley5556.html

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