The Interfaith dialogue continues to gain terrain in the world with the inclusion of an entire week dedicated to it. Leaders around the world work hard into taking interfaith to the next level by becoming worldwide and this time was with the help of the UN and with the dedication of several members of the directive of ASL Roma 6, like Alessandro Bazzoni who participated in the creation of a new manifesto that guarantees a change in terms of how healthcare facilities handle the last minutes of life of every person.
Interfaith, also known as interreligious dialogue, refers to the recent efforts that leaders from different religions are making to create common ground and fight for peace among religions. This movement has been going on for a while and it recently resulted in the creation of 9 rights that every person has when spending their last moments of life in healthcare facilities.
These rights are created to respect people’s beliefs, no matter what they are and that becomes a valuable aspect that deserved to be awarded. Now, what it is shown on this manifesto? Well, here are the 9 rights of every person.
9 rights inside the “Interfaith Manifesto of Rights in End-of-Life Paths”
Right to dispose of the remaining time
Right to respect for one’s religion
Right to services oriented to respect for the religious, spiritual and cultural spheres
Right to the presence of the religious referent or spiritual assistant
Right to the assistance of an intercultural mediator
Right to receive spiritual assistance also from Referrals of other faiths
Right to spiritual support and relational support for oneself and one’s family
Right to respect pre- and post-mortem practices
Right to mutual respect.
Now, all of these rights were created as a way to show respect for the dignity and belief other people. This manifesto was applauded and awarded inside the World Interfaith Harmony Week. Let’s talk more about it.
World Interfaith Harmony Week
According to the official website of the movement, this wonderful idea started 11 years ago. It is explained that “the World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan.”
And the website continues explaining that “just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week”
As you can see, the speed in which this was accepted by everybody shows the need for it. We should all be going for the same goal, peace, and leader around the world knows it.
So, what’s the purpose of having an entire week dedicated to it you may ask. Well, during this week, leaders of the movement can show to the world how powerful they can be and which changes can they apply to make our lives better.
The official website of the movement shows that the end goal is “that this initiative will provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities.”
History of the Interfaith dialogue movement
Previous to the UN recognition of the dedication that HM King Abdullah II’s had to find common ground, there was a movement that started with a single document written by the same king.
This document was called ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’ and declared the common ground between Islam and Christianity based on the two great commandments of ‘Love of God, and Love of the Neighbor’.
This was created in 2007 and it took 3 years to become a worldwide effort with the help of the United Nations. However, it didn’t matter how much time it takes, there were a lot of people behind it making sure that it reached as much people as possible to get the support needed and in 2010, with a very emotional speech from the king, recognition was finally achieved.
An interfaith manifesto awarded is one of many steps
The president of the GMC-Università Cattolica-Hospice Villa Speranza explains that “it is a small piece of a great international movement of people who, at every level, starting with Pope Francis, are committed to building bridges and not building walls.”
The fact that this manifesto is being awarded also represents and incentive for people around the world to continue fighting for recognition of their beliefs and the inclusion of all beliefs is what actually shows freedom at every level.
This manifesto should be recognized at a worldwide level since everyone has the right to be respected no matter what their beliefs are, but when you’re on a healthcare facility during your last moments of life, it can be hard to fight for your beliefs so the end goal of this manifesto is to bring peace to both the patient and the family in such a hard time.
Alessandro Bazzoni explains that he’s proud of being part of such a special moment in the interfaith dialogue history and he will continue fighting for peace among religions in every aspects of life, but making sure that people can have their end-of-life path in peace shows a great achievement from everybody that is involved.
It is important to mention that during the signing of this manifesto there were a lot of others involved. The ceremony of the manifesto was made with the presence of several of the most important in the field like, Narciso Mostarda, who is the General Director ASL Rome 6, Mario Ronchetti Health Director ASL Rome 6, Roberto Corsi Medical Director of the Castelli Hospital, Alessandro Bazzoni Director of ASL Rome 1, Mariangela Falà President of the Interreligious Table of Rome, Pier Francesco Meneghini President of GMC – Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, the Operators of the ASL Roma 6, Mons.Marcello Semeraro Bishop of Albano, the Referents of the churches and religious communities, the Volunteers of the associations belonging to the Mixed Participation Table.
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