CCSM conveys well wishes to King Abdullah for receiving Lamp of Peace Prize

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CCSM conveys well wishes to King Abdullah for receiving Lamp of Peace Prize

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan congratulates the extended Jordanian family on the awarding of the "Lamp of Peace Prize'' His Majesty King Abdullah II on Friday, March 29, by the Conventual Franciscans of the Sacred Convent of Assisi in central Italy in recognition of His Majesty's efforts to promote human rights, interfaith harmony, and hosting of millions of refugees in the Kingdom.

A statement issued by CCSM Director Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader states that awarding the prize to His Majesty the King coincides with the Conventual Franciscans of the Sacred Convent of Assisi's 800th anniversary of the meeting that took place in Damietta between St. Francis and Sultan Malik al Kamil, which had a great symbolic significance at the time when wars prevailed at the time in the world, which consequently bridged the gap between the followers of the two religions as well as between the two civilizations in the East and West.

The CCSM statement added: "The circumstances experienced nowadays are not different from those in the past as wars and conflicts are still raging in many regions of the world, whose flames are regrettably motivated by abhorrent religious, sectarian or national motives. In view of these global challenges, His Majesty King Abdullah II is awarded a prize in Assisi in order to convey to the world a message relevant to the importance of promoting the values of peace, dialogue, and solidarity with others, especially with those who suffer. It is also a tribute to His Majesty the King who worked hard amidst the miserable and helpless circumstances prevailing in the world so as to spread noble human values.

The statement continues, "The efforts of His Majesty King Abdullah II are vociferous as they alert the conscience of the world to the foundations of peace and its principles. They are a flame of light and a hope that illuminates the path of this world towards a united and a loving human family. There is no way out of the whirlpool of war, violence and injustice except by the implementation of international legitimacy and respect for human rights especially with regards to the central Palestinian issue, as well as respecting the historic status of the city of Jerusalem and the Hashemite custodianship of the Islamic and Christian holy places. Respect for these places implies laying the cornerstone for a secure and stable world that leads to peace and brotherhood among all human beings.''

The CCCSM statement concluded by saying, "Greetings to His Majesty the King, and greetings to the peacemakers for they are witnesses to what St. Francis said in his famous prayer, eight centuries ago: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy."

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