Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Monday, May 30, 2016

catholic charities appeal

Home : News : Local
2/19/2014 8:36:00 AM
Oregon man to speak at Vatican peace conference
Gary Spanovich
Gary Spanovich

Gary Spanovich, executive director of Portland's Wholistic Peace Institute, has been invited to deliver a keynote speech at a Vatican conference on cultural diplomacy and religion. The symposium, set for March 31-April 3, will include more than 300 religious and spiritual leaders, leading politicians and diplomats, senior academics and other dignitaries from around the world. Organizer is Berlin-based Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

The symposium will explore the use and potential of inter-faith dialogue to promote discourse with the ultimate goal of global peace promotion and unity of faiths. The event will emphasize the necessity for global players to commit to open interfaith dialogue.

Spanovich will talk about how inter-faith dialogue can reconcile the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he calls the "tap root" of violence in the Middle East.
"If this conflict can be resolved then peace will flow out on the Middle East like water on a garden," Spanovich says. He holds out hope that the three Abrahamic faiths — Christian, Judaic and Muslim — can engage fruitfully.

Spanovich, an oblate at Mount Angel Abbey, has been working with the Dalai Lama since 2000. The institute works with Nobel Peace Prize laureates. This year, Spanovich is bringing former Polish president Lech Walesa back to Oregon.





Article Comment Submissions
Submit your comments, please. 
 
Comments are reviewed before being posted to the site. Comments must use respectful language and address the story. Comments are not posted immediately to the site. The site editor may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours. Comments may also be considered to appear as letters in our print edition, unless the writer specifices no.
 
Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search






Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved