Speakers at a seminar yesterday called upon all to forge communal harmony, irrespective of their religious identity, to ensure peaceful coexistence and to take the country forward.
Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue Commission organised the seminar on communal harmony at Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB) Centre in the capital’s Mohammadpur.
The event was organised to mark the second anniversary of the visit of Pope Francis -- the head of the Roman Catholic Church -- to Bangladesh.
Father Patrick Gomes, general secretary of the Christian Unity, said there will be no violence and hatred if people of all religions learn to live in harmony, which is highly necessary for the country.
“Openness can bring peace and harmony. We should keep our hearts open and respect each other, including their beliefs,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario said the main theme of all religions is peace, which comes through love, respect and communal harmony.
Prof Anisuzzaman, vice-chancellor of Global University Bangladesh; Bejoy N D’Cruze, chairman of the Christian Unity; and Maulana Farid Uddin Masud, a noted Islamic thinker; also spoke at the seminar, among others.