, 05 October, 2019 / 2:29 AM
In the spirit of the 33rd International Meeting for Peace held from September 15 to 17 in Madrid, Spain, the Community of Sant'Egidio in collaboration with the religious leaders of Ivory Coast, is organizing an inter-religious meeting for peace in the country’s economic capital, Abidjan, an official has told ACI Africa.
The three-day meeting (October 4-6) bringing together Christians, Muslims and other denominations is expected to be conducted under theme: “From Madrid to Abidjan, Peace Without Borders.”
“It is an appropriate theme when we look at the situation we are facing in Ivory Coast since the successive crisis we lived in our nation till date,” the Deputy National Coordinator for Sant’Edigio Ivory Coast, Alphonse Krekoum told ACI Africa Friday.
“It will therefore be an opportunity to work to appease the socio-political climate and also call our brothers and sisters to pray for peace in our country,” Krekoum added.
The meeting is expected to discuss topics such as peace, politics, democracy and corruption, with leaders of political parties and the civil society invited to participate.
“Our expectation is to see a massive participation and above all see more Ivorians take upon themselves to talk about peace and engage themselves for peace,” Krekoum said.
The first two days will be devoted to a series of round table discussions and deliberations on various themes. The last day will be reserved for an interreligious prayer.
There will also be a component of initiatives in contact with the populations in certain districts of the city with film screenings followed by exchanges on the general theme of peace.
The interfaith meeting for peace in Ivory Coast and in the world, which is an initiative of the Sant'egidio Community is expected to conclude on October 6, 2019, with an interreligious prayer session with leaders followed by a march for peace.
The Community of Sant'Egidio is a lay Catholic association dedicated to social service, founded in 1968 under the leadership of Andrea Riccardi.
Over the years, the community has earned a good reputation in facilitating peace negotiations, addressing the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and in its opposition to capital punishment, taking an ecumenical approach in its work.
Present in 29 African countries, Sant'Egidio as a network of small communities of fraternal life is present in some 73 countries across the globe.
ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.
Father Don Bosco Onyalla
Editor-in-Chief, ACI Africa