Monday, September 12, 2011

Anwar at Christian Conference in Munich, Germany

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is in Munich, Germany to attend the "International Meeting of Prayer for Peace" from September 11 until September 13, 2011.
This was confirmed by Anwar himself via a tweet and in his official blog,

According to the, the programme involving more than 400 participants from 60 countries is being organised by the Community of Sant' Egido with the cooperation of the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising.

The Community of Sant'Egidio is a Christian community that is officially recognized by the Catholic Church as a "Church public lay association". It claims 50,000 members in more than 70 countries. Its main activities are:

* Prayer, centered around a reading of the Bible
* Spreading the Gospel to help people who are looking for a sense to their life.
* Service to the poor, which is free and unpaid
* Commitment to ecumenism (the Community of Sant'Egidio is also ecumenical, though being rooted in the Catholic Church)
* Dialogue with members of other religions and non-believers.

The Community of Sant'Egidio was founded in Rome in 1968 by a group of Roman high school students led by Andrea Riccardi. It is named after the Roman Church of Sant' Egidio (Italian for Saint Giles) in Trastevere, its first permanent meeting place. Since 1968, the community has gathered each night to pray and read from the Bible, reflecting on the Gospel, eventually spreading throughout the world with a mission of helping those in need.

And, so Anwar tweeted...

Pix caption: Representatives of Christian Churches and the Ecclesial Communities at the opening of the meeting September 11

Anwar is scheduled to speak today, September 12 on "Humanistic and Religious Believers: an Agenda of Coexistence," at Residenz, Cuvillies-Theatre.

The de facto PKR leader is also involved in the 14th panel, which analyses the speech of Paul Poupard (Cardinal, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Holy See). Others on the panel are Riccardo Di Segni (Chief Rabbi of Rome, Italy), Simon Xavier Guerrend Hermes (president of Guerrand Hermes Foundation for Peace, France), Vincenzo Paglia (Catholic Bishop, Italy), Walter Jürgen Schmid (Ambassador of Germany to the Holy See) and Paolo Borzatta (Senior Partner of "The European House-Ambrosetti, Italy).

Anwar's speech is also posted on his official website, anwaribrahimblog. Cick here.
Others taking the rostrum in the programme, which was officiated by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Wulf, are Reinhard Marx (Cardinal, Archbishop of Munich and Freising), Horst Seehofer (Minister-President of Baviera), Shear-Yashuv Cohen (Emeritus Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Israel), Daniel (Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church) and, of course, Datò' Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Member of Parliament, Malaysia).

Also on the panel are Munib Younan (President of the Lutheran World Federation and Angela Merkel (Chancellor of the German Federal Republic).

Muib Younan was mentioned by Bishop Philip Lok (President of the Association of Lutheran Churches Malaysia and Singapore) as the person who co-signed the concord to guarantee the use of the word 'Allah' by Christians in Malaysia.

Angela Merkel is the President of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) which owns and operates its think tank Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

KAS is among the main sponsors for Anwar's think tank since 1984.

At the conference Anwar was introduced as "a human rights activist…father of the Asian Renaissance…and the main sponsor of the inter-faith dialogue in Asia."

Pix caption: Anwar Ibrahim in Rome, Italy, Church of Sant' Egidio on October 4, 2010

Also posted on the website is a photo of his participation in the 'Meeting for International Prayer for Peace,' held in Rome on October 4, Italy last year.

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