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By Judith Sudilovsky
From Ecumenical News International
Jerusalem (ENInews). Pilgrims to the Holy Land who are searching for the roots of Christianity can also gain a surprisingly rich understanding of other religions, according to a prominent Franciscan clergyman.
“A pilgrim does not come to the Holy Land to understand politics or to understand the geography. First and foremost he is a religious pilgrim,” said Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, whose formal title is Custodian of the Holy Land and who is the head of all Franciscans in the region. “But of course when they come here as Christians they are exposed to the understanding and the presence of other Christians … and understand what ecumenical dialogue is and why it is so important.”
He spoke at a two-day interfaith conference on pilgrimage held from 28 to 29 December in Jerusalem, sponsored by the Israel-based Elijah Interfaith Institute and the Swiss-based Lasalle-Haus, also an interfaith organization.
Pilgrims are also exposed, sometimes for the first time, to Jews and Muslims living within their own context, he said. “An encounter with Jesus can’t be separated from an encounter with the people of different religions (in this land),” he said.
Modern-day pilgrim Franz Mali, a 51-year-old Austrian professor living in Switzerland, undertook a seven-month hiking pilgrimage to the Holy Land that started in Switzerland and wound through Italy, Austria, eastern Europe, Turkey, Syria and Jordan. The trip gave him a new view of the many Muslim migrant workers from Turkey and Syria living in Switzerland.
“JERUSALEM: VIOLENCE, PEACE AND THE RELIGIOUS IMAGINATION”
National Broadcast by C-SPAN
Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 11:30–1:30 PM
A conversation and official book launch of James Carroll’s new book “Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World (Houghton Mifflin)”
The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones (Union Theological Seminary)
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (Cordoba Initiative)
Rabbi Burt Visotzky (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Moderated by Lisa Miller (Newsweek)
The Interchurch Center (Ground Floor)
475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
Please RSVP at www.utsnyc.edu/jerusalemjerusalem. Space is limited.
Light lunch provided
Three major speakers spoke to the Parliament of the World’s Religions on the future of Islam and the West reports Australian newspaper The Age. The panel discussion, titled Islam and the West: Creating an Accord of Civilizations featured pre-eminent scholars Dr Chandra Muzaffar, Prof Tariq Ramadan and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.
The wide-ranging discussion included a statement by Muzaffar that a decline in the global power of the West will decrease tension between the two cultures, while Ramadan expressed the need for mutual respect and acknowledgment.
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