Riccardi Andrea: on the web

Riccardi Andrea: on social networks

Riccardi Andrea: press review

change language
you are in: home - news contact usnewsletterlink

Support the Community

  
June 4 2013 | BUKAVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

The Community of Sant'Egidio prays for peace in Kivu

Young people from different ethnic groups in the city gathered to pray for peace

 
printable version
Last Wednesday a prayer was held at Notre Dame de la Paix (Bukavu’s Cathedral), which was attended by the city's young people.

The word of the Lord Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount resounded during the prayer: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will inherit the land."

It was the opportunity to remember that many conflicts arise because ethnic groups and tribes are obsessed with "owning land", driving out the others, those who are not like us. The gospel teaches us that the only way to own land is to work for peace, and this is possible only with non-violence, just as Jesus asks: “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment’. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift”

The prayer was a moment of reconciliation that was attended by children of the Banyamulenge ethnic group and of other ethnic groups in the city.

  We lit candles remembering these days’ victims, the wounded and so many places at war in the world.

At the end of the prayer Eric, a Munyamulenge young medical student, thanked the Community because this prayer broke the fear and the siege syndrome being lived by the Banyamulenge people in the city during the last few weeks. He also told how he was attacked in the street because of his accent, and how he was defended by a few old women who knew him. Afterwards, he made an appeal so that the places of worship be respected: they are - he said - the house of God but not of our ethnic groups. After that, Eric and Angelique of the Community told about their visit to the hospital to see the injured (more than 40). Everyone was happy to learn about the prayer, because it is the only hope to restore peace in the country.

 


 ALSO READ
• NEWS
October 24 2011

The Spirit of Assisi: 25 Years of Prayer for Peace

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | NL | RU
July 21 2017
ROME, ITALY

Opening 'Paths of Peace' in a world marked by too many conflicts: the International meeting of world religions for peace

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | ID
August 19 2017
GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Sant'Egidio with the street children of Goma who flee from the militias: ''We don't want to be child soldiers''

IT | EN | DE | FR | PT
July 4 2011

Rome - For the 40th anniversary of the movement "Faith and Light", more than 500 disabled people in prayer, along with "The Friends" of the Community of Sant'Egidio, in Santa Maria in Trastevere

IT | EN | DE | FR | NL
March 25 2011

Uvira (Democratic Republic of Congo) - The commitment of Community of Sant'Egidio in the Kivu region to protect the life of the elderly

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | NL
March 21 2011

Jos (Nigeria): a Conference on peace, the service to the poor and the intereligious dialogue

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | NL
all news
• PRESS
August 19 2017
Vida Nueva

Noche en blanco para cambiar el terror por la paz

June 24 2017
Vida Nueva

Centroáfrica busca la paz con la ayuda de Sant'Egidio

June 20 2017
Jeune Afrique

Centrafrique : un accord conclu à Sant’Egidio

June 20 2017
Xinhua - chinese press agency

Central African Republic gov't, rebels sign peace deal in Rome

August 5 2017
L'Eco di Bergamo

Impagliazzo: "Caccia alle ONG ora basta, si perseguano i trafficanti"

August 2 2017
OnuItalia

In Congo e Burundi le iniziative di Sant’Egidio per gli anziani. Case per chi è in difficoltà

all press releases
• EVENTI
August 10 2017 | LEUCA, ITALY

A Santa Maria di Leuca per costruire un ponte nel Mediterraneo

All meetings of prayer for peace
• DOCUMENTS

''Entente de Sant'Egidio'': Political Agreement for Peace in the Central African Republic

Libya: The humanitarian agreement for the region of Fezzan, signed at Sant'Egidio on June 16th 2016 (Arabic text)

all documents

MORE