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King honours winners of 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize

1st prize goes to initiative taking prayers from places of worship to troubled areas

By JT - Apr 17,2019 - Last updated at Apr 17,2019

His Majesty King Abdullah is photographed with winners of the 2019 King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize and a number of Muslim and Christian religious leaders following the prize ceremony (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday attended the 2019 King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize ceremony at Al Husseiniya Palace.

At the ceremony, attended by HRH Prince Ghazi, His Majesty’s chief adviser for religious and cultural affairs and personal envoy, King Abdullah presented awards to the winners, a Royal Court statement said.

The first prize went to the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative for the activity “Love of Neighbour — our Prayers for our City”. 

Co-hosted with Faith, Hope, Love Communities in Elsie’s River,  the activity aim at taking prayers from places of worship to people in troubled areas, according to the statement.

The second prize was awarded to Interreligious Committee of Rome for its “Interreligious Manifesto of the Rights in End of Life Path”, which was signed by religious leaders from different faiths to ensure religious and spiritual support for sick people at hospitals, hospices or at home.

The third prize was jointly awarded to URI Cooperation Circle Brasilia for the Public Audience in the Legislative Chamber of the Federal District of Brazil and the SUNFO Global Federation for its Campaign for Interfaith Harmony in Sri Lanka, the statement added.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week builds on the 2007 “A Common Word” initiative, which declared the common ground between Islam and Christianity based on the two great Commandments of “Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour”, which lie at the heart of the three monotheistic faiths.

Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, Adviser to His Majesty and Director of the Office of His Majesty Manar Dabbas, and a number of Muslim and Christian religious leaders attended the prize ceremony.

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