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Zimbabwe bids to host inter-faiths parliament

                                                                  Rev Mwanza

Christabel
Shumba

ZVISHAVANE
– Zimbabwe hopes to host the Parliament of the World’s Religions for the years
2021, 2024 and 2027 if stakeholders unite behind the prospective bid, TellZim
News has learnt.
Inter-Faith Council of
Zimbabwe president, Rev G. Mwanza who is also PWR ambassador, said hosting the
institution would help the country in many ways.
“We are appealing to
the country’s religious community and the Inter-Faith Council for financial
assistance and moral support in our quest to host this parliament. We are
convinced that it would be good for the image of our country.
“It will enhance
revenue generation in the tourism industry as more than 30 000 people from 80
nations will attend. It will also market the country and boost the confidence
of investors,” said Mwanza.
He said the gathering
would be marked by such activities as lectures, presentation of academic papers,
seminars, panel discussions as well as religious and spiritual observances.
“The parliament also
focuses on climate change, hate speech, violence and other forms of conflict.
Zimbabwe needs revival and together as a nation, we can make a difference. It
is a time to put differences aside in order to uplift the nation,” said Mwanza.
He also said the
parliament ran under the theme, ‘There Will be Peace on Earth when there is
Peace Amongst the World’s Religions.’ 
The parliament was
founded in 1893 in Chicago, United States of America (USA) and, alongside the
Colombian Exhibition, is considered to be the birth of the inter-faith movement
which aims to reveal the beauty of Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity and
other religions.
After a century-old break
in 1993, the second parliament was re-launched in Chicago while some gatherings
were hosted by other countries.
Some of the leaders in
the Honorary International Advisers structure are the Dalai Lama; Tenzin
Gyasto, Ella Gandhi and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
Its obligation is to
bring the world’s religions to help fight against war, human rights violations,
poverty, racism, discrimination, abuse of women and children as well as the
disregard for the natural environment.
It also focuses on
issues to do with women and youth empowerment.

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