MANILA, Sept. 19, 2016–Speaking before religious leaders in Italy on Monday, a Filipino cardinal has lamented the world’s seeming indifference to terror attacks in poor countries.
As the world mourned for terrorism in rich nations, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato said he is wondering why some people are not deemed worthy of the same collective grief.
“We need to overcome the global indifference to bombings in different parts of the world as well as the violent persecution of Christians,” he said at the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi.
“There seems to be a tragic indifference when they happen in Thailand or Malaysia or Indonesia or the Philippines,” said Quevedo.
Cardinal Quevedo also called on the participants to take a cue from Pope Francis who has been calling for unity against terrorism.
He said that the powers of the world have to act “in concert” in responding to the menace of terrorism.
“Active solidarity with victims of terrorism is a gift from the God of compassion of mercy. This is the call of the hour for humanity in the face of terrorism,” added Quevedo.
The three-day global gathering is part of an annual meeting of hundreds of religious leaders who come together to pray for peace and to discuss critical issues of interreligious dialogue.
Pope Francis will also take part on the final day of the meeting when he travels to Assisi on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
According to the Vatican, the pontiff will be greeted by a group of faith leaders, including the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
The visit will also include afternoon prayer in St Francis’ basilica and a meeting with some “victims of war”. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)