In commemoration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week, the URI-Africa is honouring Fr James Channan with the Africa Interfaith Harmony Award for 2017. Fr James is a Dominican friar of the Vice Province of Pakistan. He is the Director of the Peace Center in Lahour, Pakistan and the Regional Coordinator of the United Religions Initiative (URI) in Pakistan.
The award is in recognition of Fr James’ ongoing outstanding contributions in promoting interfaith harmony and peaceful co-existence among followers of different religions in Pakistan and other parts of the world, and especially in breaking down walls of hatred between Christians and Muslims and building bridges of trust and mutual respect.
Fr James will be jointly honoured with Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, the Grand Imam of the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. Both of them have been working closely together for the past 20 years in Lahore and they have also travelled to several countries including; Italy, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, Jordan, Qatar and USA to promote Christian-Muslim dialogue. They are being jointly honoured for setting a good example as religious leaders from different faith traditions working together in addressing counter violent extremism and enhancing inter-religious constructive dialogue and cooperation for the common good of all.
The award presentation will take place in September 2017 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
(20 March 2017)