change language
sei in: home - ecumenis...dialogue - internat...or peace - sarajevo 2012 newslettercontact uslink

Support the Community

  

Let us help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The Community of Sant'Egidio launches a fundraising campaign to send humanitarian aid to the refugee camps in Bangladesh, in collaboration with the local Church

Christmas Lunch with the poor: let's prepare a table table that reaches the whole world

The book "The Christmas Lunch" available online for free. DOWNLOAD! And prepare Christmas with the poor


 
versione stampabile
September 11 2012 19:00 | Centre of Sarajevo

Contribution of Andrea Riccardi - Final Ceremony



Andrea Riccardi


Historian, Founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio

These days in Sarajevo have been very precious. In several ways it has been a unique event. I thank the people of this city, its authorities, and particularly the Muslim Community, the Orthodox Community, the Jewish Community, and the Catholic Church.
After our fruitful dialogue on crucial issues, after our different prayers one beside the other, we are about to make an appeal. We speak with one voice, in spite of the different religions and stories we come from. It is a voice that rises from the depth of the religious traditions: it has different sources, different alphabets, but it merges into a cry for peace. A cry rises from Sarajevo, an invocation to God, and a warning: never again hatred and fratricidal wars! Living together is the future!
Who will take this message upon himself? Whoever believes and knows that peace is one of God’s beautiful names and it is life for every people. Religions can help to live together, to understand that this condition is not a curse, it is a blessing.
In leaving this city, we do not go away from Sarajevo completely. Something remains here: a vision of hope and friendliness for this land. And something from Sarajevo remains with us: its sorrows and its questions. Whoever lives the spirit of Assisi, which is dialogue in an atmosphere of prayer, has experienced a profound affinity with this multi-faceted city, wounded, rebuilt, full of life and yearning for the future. May Sarajevo remain one and manifold! The history of Sarajevo is a warning.
A feeling of profound empathy has grown between Sarajevo and those who live the spirit of Assisi. Through its highest representatives and the attention of the media, Europe has shown interest in Bosnia Herzegovina. We have not forgotten Sarajevo: the future of this region affects all Europeans. Besides, also the European Union, in the richness of its diversity, is a land of living together.
In order to live together we need to be spiritually close to each other. We need deeper connections. Peoples cannot grow closer to each other physically and geographically unless they understand each other spiritually, and value each other. Without the spirit, without harmony between religions and cultures, without dialogue, without human empathy, it is impossible to live, indeed even to survive: not only in Sarajevo, but all over the world. Religions help men and women to live in peace. Dialogue between religions is an effective indication for cultures, for politics, for the relations among people.
Let us look at the future without fear! Let us prepare the future in friendliness among peoples. Let us look at the future without being paralyzed by past fears! We need courage and hope to prepare a future of life together in peace. Let us forfeit all prejudices, the preaching of hatred. We can build the future, educating women, men, the youth to peace: for only peace is holy, and living together reveals the will of God and the equality of all men. Equality that is rooted in God himself. For whoever kills a man, whoever hates a man or despises him, strikes God himself!
Religions can be foreseeing. We can convey a new conviction to everyone, a conviction developed in contact with the sorrows of many and the experience of peoples: war is evil, violence can never be justified in God’s name. Dialogue can help resolve insurmountable problems. Why, facing situations of crisis, are the tools of dialogue too often cast aside, and only the path of weapons is left?
We have a serene and sure vision: it is a vision ancient and new. We are a reference point – the spirit of Assisi is – in the plurality of our religions: a reference point of peace. Since 1986 we have walked in the spirit of Assisi. Great believers have taken part in this path and offered their contribution. Among them, I remember Cardinal Carlo Maria Martina, Abuna Paulos, the Patriarch of Ethiopia, Ghassan Tueni, journalist Giancarlo Zizola and many others. The legacy of Assisi is hope and prophecy for the future. It is a great achievement in a world in danger of a clash of religions and civilizations.
More than ten years have passed since that terrible 11th September 2001, when it seemed that a conflict of religion was drawing close. We have always asserted that there is no war of religion, only the exploitation of religions. We have done so in difficult times and in better days. This is the gift of a vision of peace that John Paul II prophetically opened in Assisi. This gift we continue to cultivate year after year, like a growing legacy.
We now have a steadfast and clear conviction, which develops into a strength we can face the future with. We are therefore not afraid of saying: the future is living together.
Thank you for your presence!

 

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI

Programme in English
PDF

BROADCAST LIVE PROGRAMME

NEWS CORRELATE
October 11 2017
HAVANA, CUBA

Religions gather in Havana to open Paths of Peace in Cuba


The interreligious meeting of prayer for peace organized by Sant'Egidio in the Caribbean State
IT | EN | ES | DE | NL | ID
September 25 2017
JOS, NIGERIA

The Spirit of Assisi in Nigeria: in Jos Christians and Muslims in dialogue to open new Paths of Peace


After Münster, the meetings of prayer and inter-religious dialogue promoted by Sant'Egidio in Africa
IT | EN | ES | DE | CA
September 22 2017
MÜNSTER, GERMANY

Paths of Peace: textes, videos and news of the International Meeting of prayer for peace of Münster

IT | EN | ES | FR | CA
September 14 2017

At the Roots of Terrorism. VIDEO


#Pathsofpeace
IT | EN | FR
September 12 2017
MÜNSTER, GERMANY

#pathsofpeace: world religions launch a movement to prevent conflicts. Next year's appointment in Bologna

IT | EN | NL
September 12 2017
OSNABRÜCK, GERMANY

Closing ceremony of Paths of Peace: all the interventions

IT | EN | ES | DE | CA | NL
tutte le news correlate

NEWS IN EVIDENZA
December 26 2017

Look at the world map enlightened by the Christmas lunches

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | NL

RASSEGNA STAMPA CORRELATA
February 23 2018
Domradio.de
"Wir können Frieden organisieren wie andere den Krieg"
February 1 2018
SIR
50° Comunità Sant’Egidio: Hilarion (Patriarcato di Mosca), “la nostra una collaborazione che ha dato tanti buoni frutti”
January 30 2018
Vaticannews
Corridoi umanitari: la collaborazione ecumenica via della speranza
January 26 2018
POW - Pressestelle des Ordinariates Würzburg
Angst und Lethargie überwinden
January 15 2018
Roma sette
Ecumenismo, in processione con anglicani, luterani e ortodossi
tutta la rassegna stampa correlata

LIBRI
Religions and Violence



Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc.
Making Peace



New City
altri libri

09/21/2018
Memory of the Apostles

The Everyday Prayer


FOLLOW LIVE THE EVENT
Sarajevo 2012