Religious Amity Regional Symposium was organized and conducted by HUDEC-Caritas Jaffna on 5th and 6th of July 2017, Thursday at ‘Thalsevana’ auditorium. Revd. Fr. S. Eugene Francis, Director of HUDEC-Caritas Jaffna presided the symposium. Religious Leaders of all four major religion and members of Religious Amity Groups from the Diocese of Kandy, Anuradhapura, Mannar and Jaffna took part in this symposium.
The Main Speech was delivered by Revd. Fr. M.V.E. Ravichandran, Visiting Lecturer of University of Jaffna. In his speech he stated that “the urgent need of the society is the harmony of all religious leaders and leaders in the society and we all have to respect justice, human rights and equality. We all have the responsibility to find solution through the spirituality instead of religion alone”.
The Chief Guest Revd. Fr. Mahendra Gunatilleke, National Director, Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC, stated that ‘this pioneering event to bring harmony among the people belong to all religions only a starting point but this will lead to the long journey to achieve religious harmony for peace and prosperity in our country”.
Welcome dance and Cultural events by all four Diocesan Centres were also conducted. All the participants paid their visit to four major religious worship places such as; Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil, Jaffna Muhammadiar Mosque, Mathagal Thampakolapattuna and Jaffna St. Mary’s Cathedral.