Anastasios of Albania to The Greek Observer: “Violence is incompatible with religion”

Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania, in his exclusive statements to The Greek Observer, spoke of violence, religion and the various international conferences that he has participated in.

Archbishop Dr. Anastasios Giannoulatos, is one of the world’s greatest personas in the modern world -apart from a great spiritual man- dedicated to man, a cultured linguist, an internationally acclaimed writer, who has been elected in many councils, and in 2000 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize at the suggestion of 33 academics from The Academy of Athens and many other personas of Albania.

On the occasion of the completion of the “2nd International Conference of Athens for Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East”, and the participation of 320 people, Archbishop Anastasios said: “What is noteworthy is the peculiarity of this international conference. I think that this is one of the rare cases where religious and ecclesiastical leaders come together along with representatives of diplomatic, political and other authorities and the media in order to discuss important issues. This is quite notable”.

It is worth noting that in total there were 168 political and religious leaders and 38 representatives from international organizations and various countries attended the Conference.

The effort for dialogue between religions and cultures managed to gather, in Athens for a two-day conference, 168 political and religious leaders and representatives from 38 countries and international organizations (320 people in total, directly related to these issues).

The Honorable Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania, Mr. Anastasios, argued that “these problems cannot be solved solely by our statements and thoughts, but I believe that the emphasis of truth is of utmost importance. The truth has its own dynamic in history, on this matter we have heard very important views, which I have the impression have been repeated so many times as to turn into a folk song. ”

Given the global recognition of his efforts by counting dozens of participations in similar efforts, he pointed out that “I have been participating in this adventure of dialogues for many decades, even after the story in New York, meetings and conferences being held for religious reasons, etc. The problems have not been resolved, but it is slowly becoming commons sense that anything related to violence cannot use religious slogans” and went on to add that “the use of religion for violence, is a violation to religion itself. There can be no peace, though, without justice.”

“These are slogans that create a public opinion. Public opinion does not have conference statements, and for this reason this workshop is of great importance, “said the Archbishop Tirana, Durrës and All Albania.

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