An award for how interreligious harmony is carried out in daily work, a work that is an example for the entire African continent: with these reasons the African section of the "United Religions Initiative" international organization has given the "Award for Interreligious Harmony" 2017 to Dominican priest James Channan and Abdul Khabir Azad, great Imam of the royal mosque in Lahore, one of the largest in Asia.
Speaking to Fides, Fr. James says: "It is a recognition of the work to
promote interreligious dialogue in Pakistan and around the world and to
promote a culture of peace, justice, reconciliation and dialogue.
Recognitions like this feed the courage and daily work in order to break
the walls of hatred between Christians and Muslims, and to build
bridges of trust and respect".
Fr. Channan, who is director of the
"Peace Center" in Lahore and regional coordinator for South Asia of the
United Religions Initiative organization, has been working closely with
Abdul Khabir Azad for over 20 years. The two have visited numerous
countries in the world to promote Islamic-Christian dialogue.
God for the gift of my vocation to priesthood and to the Dominican Order
because it gives me the opportunity to work for this important
apostolate in Pakistan and around the world. I thank the Dominican Order
because it supports every step in this field" says Fr. Channan
On the current situation of Pakistan, marred by terrorism, Fr. Channan
reaffirms his commitment to "promote, with all men and women of good
will, peace, justice, harmony to make Pakistan a better country in which
all citizens, of any religion, can live peacefully".