EUROPE/CYPRUS - From the religions a contribution of values in the financial crisis

Friday, 22 March 2013

Nicosia (Agenzia Fides) – To maintain an atmosphere of peace in the financial crisis: is what the Christian leaders of the island of Cyprus, part of the World Council of Churches ask, who expressed "support for dialogue and peace in the island", crossed by the severe financial crisis affecting the population. Recalling that the churches are "always committed to promoting dialogue and religious freedom" – explains a note sent to Fides Agency - leaders underline that, especially at a difficult time for the people, one must still remain loyal to values such as "inter-religious dialogue , respect for human rights, peace and reconciliation," which bore fruit in the historic building of peace on the island. The Christian leaders, led by Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus, reaffirm their commitment to meet the mufti of Cyprus, Islamic leader, to share speeches on topics such as peace, human rights and religious freedom. In this way, religions can offer their particular "contribution of values" for the solution of the present economic crisis: "It is our firm belief that religious leaders have a responsibility and a unique role to play in the peace process" and in helping the nation to address the economic, social and political challenges. Christian leaders ask for the support of other religious leaders at an international level, in this delicate stage in the history of the island. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 22/03/2013)