Religious Leaders Meet in Mardin for Peace - 14 May 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.
by Mustafa Ozge