By Reinhard Backes, ACN International
Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada
Montreal, November 5 2013 – The Silsilah Dialogue Movement has won the renowned Goi Peace Award from the Japanese foundation which strives for peace throughout the world carrying the same name. The Silsilah Dialogue Movement, founded by Sebastiano D’Ambra, an Italian missionary, in Zamboanga City in the west of the island of Mindanao, was given the award for its long-standing involvement among both Muslims and Christians.
The award recognizes the movement’s efforts to promote peace and solidarity between the different peoples and religions through dialogue. Father D’Ambra will officially receive the award in Tokyo on November 27.
The peace initiative has always remained true to its aims
The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has supported the Silsilah Dialogue Movement for many years. The name Silsilah comes from Arabic and means “chain” or “link”. Father D’Ambra established the Dialogue Movement in 1984 together with Muslim and Christian friends. Despite the murders of members of the movement, which included missionaries, the peace initiative has always remained true to its aims. On many occasions the Dialogue Movement has played a decisive part in peace negotiations between the government and Muslim rebel groups.