More than 300 world religious leaders and international experts in different fields from more than 80 countries will meet from next Sunday until Tuesday in the 33rd edition of the International Meeting "Peace without Borders", promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio and the Archdiocese of Madrid.
The event, presented this Friday by Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro, and the President of the Community of Sant'Egidio Marco Impagliazzo, will hold 27 round tables that will address issues such as migration, conflict prevention, environment, peace building, racism and xenophobia, woman, or childhood, among others.
"Peace is something that all men of all cultures and of all countries need," said Osoro, who has trusted that during these days "the lord's desire is visible, shaking hands and lending his heart and seeking this peace we need to build the future and the present of humanity. "
A few days in which "personalities from all over the world and from all religions will meet because it is a common interest" in a place "of welcome" like Madrid, a "city without borders where peace without borders is possible and makes visible. "
Together with hundreds of leaders of the main religions (Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and other Asian religions) institutional authorities will participate – among the Spanish, foreign ministers, Josep Borrell, or Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera -, and world of culture.
It will also bring together renowned international personalities such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi; United Nations economist and advisor for the Millennium Development Goals, Jeffrey Sachs or the president of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Toudadéra.
The final moment will arrive on Tuesday afternoon, when the "prayer for peace" is scheduled in which the leaders of the main religions will celebrate their respective ceremonies in different parts of the city.
Thus, the Christians will gather in the cathedral of La Almudena, the Muslims in the military cathedral, the Jews in the Sephara house, the Buddhists in the Archdiocese of Madrid and the followers of the Japanese religion Tenrikyo in the courtyards of the San Nicolás quartz.
"Then, together we will meet in the square next to the cathedral of La Almudena for the final moment with the reading of a message of peace and other surprises that will be manifested that afternoon," said Impagliazzo, who has detailed that Sunday is planned outside the program an ecumenical Mass at noon open to representatives of the other Christian denominations.
The organizers have wanted to title it "Peace without borders" because, explained the president of Sant'Egidio, the fall of the Berlin wall 30 years ago brought "new hopes and look to the future with confidence."
However, those hopes have fallen with everything that has come after, which has made "a wall fall, but many others, some more visible and others less, have emerged", be that of the Mediterranean, be that of Mexico with States United, be others who "cross the villages, who separate rich and poor."
Therefore, he has urged to "work so that these dividing borders can be overcome, and peace is the first word that can do it."
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