Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Ireland have pledged to work together to promote peace and deepen understanding in the Holy Land.
Some 17 leaders of the three Abrahamic faiths across the island of
Ireland also pleaded for an end to violence and loss of life in the
They did so after hearing from the Anglican Episcopal
Archbishop in Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, whose diocese includes Israel,
Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.
Archbishop Suheil met the faith leaders at the Glencree Centre for
Peace and Justice this week as part of a week-long visit to Jerusalem’s
companion link united dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough.
centre works to transform violent conflict and build peace with a vision
of a shared world, where all can live free from violence and conflicts
are resolved peacefully; using the experiences of reconciliation on the
island of Ireland to help people around the world transform their own
In the declaration, the Irish faith leaders said they shared grief
and pain at the death and suffering currently taking place in the Middle
East, impacting dreadfully upon civilian populations and prayed for
peace throughout the region.
“It is both the aspiration and the right of all people to live in
freedom and security without fear,” they said. “People of all faiths are
equally entitled to enjoy such things and yet each sees the other as
denying that right to the other with a consequent spiral of violence.
“Our prayer and plea is for this spiral to be broken and safety and
security to be restored to all with a new beginning established through a
commitment to parity of esteem in both politics and society.”
The declaration was signed at an event attended by 60 religious,
political and community leaders: Milestones on a Journey of Hope. “It
recognised the ongoing suffering which continues to affect many parts of
the Middle East, and offered an opportunity to explore and reflect with
them on some of the experiences of Ireland’s journey out of violence
into the hope of a brighter future,” a diocesan spokesperson said in a
The declaration said: “Today together we send our collective message
of hope for peace to our brothers and sisters in across the Middle East
who yearn to live in freedom and peace. We join with them and all people
of faith in the region: Jewish, Christian and Muslim, seeking a just
and durable peace, rooted in reconciling love for all the people of the
land that is called ‘holy’ by each of the Abrahamic faiths.”
Signatories to the declaration included representatives from the
Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, and Armenian churches as well as
Islamic and Jewish leaders.