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In 2010 the Lebanese government took a bold and innovative step in the name of national unity, social cohesion and tolerance among peoples.It is a space and opportunity carved out for two communities to bond over common ground – an event that highlights the shared milestones and people that shaped the evolution of the Abrahamic religions.For most people – religious or otherwise – the centrality of the Virgin Mary in the Christian faith is broadly understood.Celebrating religion as a means of fostering human dignity and dialogue among peoples is the antithesis of faith being conjoined with blind fanaticism for violent purposes. True faith does not condemn other faiths. In Lebanon's interfaith Annunciation, I see the seeds of what the future may hold, if only they find the right ground in which to grow. Certainly, only by focusing on human dignity and enabling people to live their lives with self-respect, will stable countries and peaceful regions evolve.
A once in a century opportunity to act
The responsibility to respect
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