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Religious Leaders Meet in Mardin for Peace - 14 May 2004

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  • drthomas_joseph
    Mardin. The second International Symposium of Religions and Peace in the Light of the Common Ancestor (Abraham) or the Harran Meetings , organized by the
    Message 1 of 1 , May 18, 2004
      Mardin. The second International Symposium of Religions and Peace in
      the Light of the Common Ancestor (Abraham) or the "Harran Meetings",
      organized by the Intercultural Dialogue Platform of Journalists and
      Authors Foundation (JAF), took place in Mardin last week.

      The conference, which is supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture
      and Tourism, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Governorship of
      Mardin and Mardin Education Foundation (MAREV), was held in the
      Qasimiye (Qasimiyya) Madrasa. Topics such as "Peace in Abraham's
      Message", "Peace in the Abrahamic Tradition", "Heroes of Peace in the
      Three Heavenly Religions", "The Place of the Abrahamic Message in the
      Future World" were discussed in four sessions. 28 academics and 11
      religious leaders from Germany, U.S., Sweden, England, Italy, France
      and Turkey participated at the symposium.

      The Deyrulzaferan Monastery (Kurkmo Dayro, erstwhile seat of the
      Syrian Orthodox Patriarch), and the monasteries of Mor Gabriel in the
      Midyat district and Mor Yaqub in the Nisbin district as well as
      Hasankeyf were visited by the participants. The program in Mardin
      concluded with a visit to the tomb and Mosque of Zeynel Abidin. The
      participants then travelled to Istanbul to complete the symposium.

      Vice-Director of the Religious Affairs Muhammet Sevki Aydin, Istanbul
      Mufti Dr. Mustafa Cagrici, Istanbul Greek Orthodox Patriarch
      Bartholomeos, Turkey's Armenians Patriarch Mesrob II, Turkey's Jewish
      Chief Rabbi Rav. Ishak Haleva, Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicar in
      Istanbul Monsignor Georges Marovitch, Latin Catholic Congregation
      Spiritual Leader Monsignor Louis Pelatre, the Syrian Orthodox
      Community Metropolit Filksinos Yusuf Cetin and the Assyrian Catholic
      Community Patriarchal Vicar Chorbishop Yusuf Sag participated in the
      symposium. The first of the International Symposia of Religions and
      Peace in the Light of the Common Ancestor Abraham (Harran Meetings)
      was held in the Harran district of Sanliurfa - the place of birth of
      the Prophet Abraham- between April 13 and 16, 2000.

      al-Zaman
      by Mustafa Ozge
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