Purify my heart to love peace, Purify my memory to work for peace; The peace that comes from your love and compassion...
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“This is a part of the reflection of Fr. Sebastiano D’ Ambra, PIME during the Interreligious and Intercultural Meeting on COURAGE OF PEACE: RELIGIONS AND CULTURES IN DIALOGUE ON THE FUTURE OF MINDANAO”
Focusing my reflection on religion, I believe that people in Mindanao, in general, are religious. I mean by this that they have their forms of religiosity.But there is still a lot of mistrust aligned with prejudices, ignorance, fear and the temptation to use religion to justify the accumulated power of some powerful families, groups or clans. And more dangerous, we have powerful leaders who use religion, offering money and positions to religious leaders to cover up their ambitions and justify what a religion cannot justify. This has been in the past more visible among Christians groups, but now among those Muslims who use the religion for their ambitions. It is alarming what is happening around the world in the name of Islam and it is sad to observe that good Muslim leaders of Mindanao do not have enough courage to raise their voices to say what is right and wrong, especially in the use and abuse of our religions. It is time to help each other to go against those who are using and abusing the “power” of religions. Many of us, Christians, Muslims and indigenous people, in Mindanao are victim of this “alarming strategy”.