The title of this Symposium is an apt description of its aim. For three days, experts from Gandhian academic and social institutiuons – Sarvodaya Illakiya Pannai, Shanti Ashram, and the Gandhigram Rural University from Tamil Nadu in South India – will meet at the Mariapolis Centre of the Focolare Movement at Castelgandofo (Rome) ,
The first part of the Symposium will offer an exchange of ideas and practical projects in the field of education, economics, politics, and ecology. It will be a further step in a journey that began a few years ago, involving experts in the culture inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and that inspired by the charism of unity of the Focolare Movement.
On Wednesday the group will attend an audience with the Pope, after a visit to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Afterwards they will have a series of meetings at Focolare’s little town at Loppiano, and in Florence, a city with a special calling to interreligious dialogue and peace among peoples. Leaders of the City Council and the Region of Tuscany will be present.
These events will show that India, in spite of occasional signs of religious intolerance, and stories of persecution of one group by another, is covered by a network that brings Christians and Hindus together to positive effect in social and cultural life.
From September 20 to 23 the Indian delegation will be in Tuscany for an intense programme:
– An exchange of experience of life between the little towns of the Focolare Movement and the Shanti Ashram, at the Focolare’s little town of Loppiano (Incisa Valdarno Florence) from the 20th until the morning of the 21st.
– A convention on “Cities and Peace” at the Cenacolo di S Croce, on September 21 at 17.30 promoted by The Movement for Unity in Politics (Focolare), the Centro Regionale Toscana, the “Giorgio La Pira” International Centre for foreign students, Youth for a United World, and with the patronage of The Region of Tuscany, and the Province and Council of Florence.
– A meeting with the Regional Consultation on Interreligious Dialogue and Peace between Cultures at the Presidenza della Giunta Regionale Toscana, via Cavour 18, Florence, at 10.00 on September 22.