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On December 15, as part of its Senzatomica nuclear disarmament campaign, SGI-Italy sponsored an interfaith roundtable discussion titled “The Power of the Human Spirit is Stronger Than the Atomic Bomb.” The event was held at SGI-Italy’s culture center in Cagliari, the capital of the island of Sardinia. Focusing on the role of religion in peacebuilding, the dialogue brought together representatives of local Christian, Muslim and Buddhist communities.
Don Mario Cugusi, a Catholic priest in Serdiana, spoke on behalf of Christianity; Belghazal Hajar from Morocco, whose father is an imam, represented Islam; and Mauro Loi and Giannina Spissu of SGI-Italy gave a Buddhist perspective. Driven by the desire to use interreligious dialogue as a platform to reveal the common desire for peace shared among all religions, the speakers shared their faith’s perspective on disarmament. The discussion revealed that at its core, each religion teaches that true peace originates in the heart of the individual, in the inner struggle waged in the quest for spiritual elevation.
The SGI anti-nuclear weapons exhibition “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free from Nuclear Weapons” was also shown at the Fiera Internazionale della Sardegna exhibition venue in Cagliari up to December 22.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Italy; photo courtesy of Daniela Lapucci]
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