‘World Alliance of Religions: Peace Summit’ marks the beginning of a new era of peace

Friday, October 3rd, 2014. Filed under: World News

Int’l political and religious leaders commit to a new systematic approach for peace

VIP Speech by Antonio J. Ledesma, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, at the world peace summit in Korea, which was attended by thousands of people from all over the world, including representatives from Southern California.

VIP Speech by Antonio J. Ledesma, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, at the world peace summit in Korea, which was attended by thousands of people from all over the world, including representatives from Southern California.

SEOUL, South Korea – Over 700 religious leaders and 50 heads of states attended the “World Alliance of Religions: Peace Summit” held on Sept. 17-19, 2014, in Seoul, South Korea, with the theme of “The Enactment of an International Law for the Cessation of Wars and Legacy of Peace and the World Alliance of Religions.”

Hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light and its Chairman Man Hee Lee, the three-day summit presented a new approach for a world alliance of religions as a concrete proposition of peace-building, involving both political and religious leaders.

The first measure introduced was the signing of “The Unity of Religions Agreement” and the second measure was the signing of “The Agreement to Propose the Enactment of an International Law for the Cessation of Wars.” The summit is expected to serve as a foundational starting point for multilateral socio-political programs and treaties.

Addressing international leaders, Lee gave the opening remarks.
“Each religion claims to be based on the Creator, yet there are hundreds of different religions with different scriptures and practices,” said Lee. “These religions then have disputes with each other, bringing disgrace upon God. It is through this that corruption has manifested itself throughout religious denominations.”
“The true God does not create conflicts that kill people,” said Lee. “When religions, which have all become corrupt, offer themselves to the true God and unite under the Creator, then the conflicts between these religions will be resolved, and world peace will be achieved. The true God, who is the source of all blessings, will reign over the world, and He will unite with religion which has become one.”

Religious leaders from over 120 countries came together on common grounds during the event.
“Mr. Lee’s relentless pursuit of peace has brought us together here to truly become allies and messengers of peace,” said Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, archbishop of Cagayan de Oro “to make many war-stricken regions like Mindanao all over the world, a peaceful, harmonious, and thriving place.” With him, former Cardinal Archbishop of Manila Gaudencio B. Rosales also gave a congratulatory remark at the opening ceremony of the summit.

The opening day ceremony of the WARP Summit began at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, showcasing a card section performance and fireworks involving over 12,000 members of different youth organizations, each holding cards synchronized to music while displaying stadium-sized images and messages.

On the second day of the WARP Summit, religious leaders proclaimed they would transcend religious denominations and embark upon the establishment of the unity of religions in order to bring about world peace. 12 religious leaders, including Antonio Ledesma, archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, Swami Chidanand Saraswati, president of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Martin De Jesus Barahona, bishop of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador and Giani Gurbachan Singh, jathedar of the Akal Takht, participated in the signing ceremony of “The Unity of Religions Agreement,” declaring that all religions must unite as one under the name of God.

Following the signing, five panel speaking sessions allowed for government officials, prime ministers and chief justices to discuss and enact “The Agreement to Propose the Enactment of an International Law,” a pledge to be on the frontline of raising awareness for an international law to end war.

As youth and women are often victims during times of war, the summit also provided

a platform for youth to address the conflicts in their home countries at the Youth Conference attended by 600 representatives of youth organizations. The subsidiary branch of HWPL for women, International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), also held two sessions. IWPG’s representative, Chairwoman Kim Nam Hee, spoke on the role of women – whose sons, brothers and husbands are the soldiers of war – to stand together for peace with motherly love.

On the last day of the WARP Summit, a total of 200,000 people including summit participants, members of international NGOs and local citizens, participated in the “Walk for World Peace” near Seoul Olympic Park. This event, hosted by the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), commemorated the finalé day of a successful “World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit.”

“This summit has been truly a once in a lifetime experience where world peace felt so real and the world became a small tight-knit community,” said Stephen Acosta, a college student living in Orange County, United States. “Mr. Man Hee Lee’s idea is really amazing and excellent. This wonderful event will definitely play a positive role in bringing wars to an end and achieving world peace.”

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