Archbishop invites media to culture of peace seminar

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 September) —  Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma has invited media practitioners from the dioceses of Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Surigao, Tandag, Malaybalay, Iligan, Pagadian and the prelature of Marawi to a culture of peace workshop.

Ledesma, chair of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue (ECID) , sent out the invitations for the ECID workshop on Culture of Peace on September 3 in Cagayan de Oro City. ECID is holding the workshop under its Peace Governance Mindanao Program.

In his invitation to the Bukidnon Press Club, Ledesma said they intend to identify and share past, present, or proposed inter-religious dialogue (IRD) or peace building activities and initiatives highlighting media participation and active involvement.

The invitation said the workshop will highlight the gains and best practices of those who have experience in peace-building, the problems encountered, and the lessons learned. It also hopes to increase understanding and appreciation of the media’s important bridging role in inter-religious dialogue and peace building.

Seeking that the media will contribute to the “overall call for peace and reconciliation,” Ledesma said they also intend to map capacity building needs and opportunities to strengthen media participation as peace builders. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)