On April 21, 2018, at the Church of St. Anthony in Istanbul, an interreligious meeting was organized in an atmosphere of simplicity and sincere dialogue.
The people who have consecrated themselves to the Lord within the Spirit of St. Francis feel obliged to bring the example of the founder: peace and simple dialogue with the other. In this sense, on Saturday, 21 April 2018, the Franciscan Family from Turkey organized an interreligious meeting having as its partner Şefik Can International Mevlana Education and Culture Foundation.
The symposium moderated by pr. Martin Kmetec OFMConv, brought the attention of those present to the importance of prayer as in the experience of St. Francis and of the Venerable Mevlana. Pr. Pietro Maranesi OFMCap presented a study with the title Saint Francis of Assisi: Between the Hermitage and the City. When the prayer of praise to God becomes an announcement of peace to the people, itexplains the wonderful journey of the saint. H. Nur Artıran, president of Şefik Can International Mevlana Education and Culture Foundation presented a theme on Loving the Supreme Creator and His Messenger is to respect the differences in the society.
The activities continued with various moments of dialogue between the audience and the speakers, followed by a time of prayer.
Foto: Nathalie Ritzmann