Messenger of peace hosts a peace agreement ceremony to bridge the gap between Catholic and Islamic Leaders
MANILA, February 1, 2014 – A new era of peace has started in the Mindanao Island, a region stricken by a long history of religious conflict between Catholics and Muslims that has claimed over 100,000 lives. The peace movement, led by peace advocate Man Hee Lee of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) marks Lee’s third visit to the Philippines from South Korea at the request of Mindanao religious leaders.
On January 24, 1,000 participants including Mindanao State University students, youth associations, mayors and religious leaders held a peace walk in downtown General Santos. The peace walk, held for the first time in the Mindanao region, transcended religions and nationalities, inspiring the Filipino youth generation that peace is possible.
Following the Mindanao Peace Walk, a forum to discuss a solution of peace brought together the representative of Catholicism (Fernando Capalla, former archbishop of Mindanao Davao), the representative of Islam (EsmaelMangudadatu, Governor of Maguindanao, and Islamic autonomous district in Mindanao) and Chairman Man Hee Lee. The representatives of Catholicism and Islam united to sign the peace agreement for ending the war and achieving World Peace and pledged to work together with Chairman Man Hee Lee of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light. After signing the agreement, Capalla and Esmael vowed before God, the people of the world, and the approximately 150 participants that Catholics and Muslims will never have disputes again.
The visit to the Philippines is a part of Mr. Lee’s 7th World Tour to meet with students, nation leaders and religious leaders around the world to promote the message of peace. In November of last year, Mr. Lee began his tour in the United States and spoke at the University of Southern California. Furthermore, working together with school organizations of UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, Pepperdine and Cal State Fullerton, he organized a rally for peace aboard the SS Lane Victory ship in San Pedro, CA.