Oasis network to host interfaith conference in Sarajevo June 16-17
Father Rafic Greiche - Photo courtesy of terrasanta.net

CAIRO: The international network of Oasis will meet in Sarajevo June, 2014 in a conference under the title “The Temptation of Violence: Religions between War and Reconciliation.”

Rev. Rafic Greish, the director of the press office of the Catholic Church in Egypt, told The Cairo Post that he will present a paper on Egypt, added that there will be lectures by other members of the scientific board discussing a range of issues, including the consequences of the World War I in the Islamic and the Arab world due to the collapse of the Ottoman Caliphate.

“The meeting is not related to specific countries it is related to specific people thinking together to find solutions to the problem” Rafic Greish told the Cairo Post on Saturday.

This event is chaired by Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Archbishop of Milan and will be opened by Cardinal Vinko Puljić, the Archbishop of Sarajevo, and by Husein Kavazović, the Reis-ul-ulema (head of clergy) of the Islamic community of Bosnia-Herzegovina, according to a statement sent to the Cairo Post by email.

The conference will also discuss religious violence, that despite having a limited role in the World War I, has emerged on the surface represented in Jihadism in Africa and the Middle East that has a “grave impact on minorities” according to the statement.

The Oasis was founded in Venice in 2004 by Cardinal Angelo Scola in order to encourage mutual understanding between the Western world and the majority Muslim world according its official website.

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