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Interfaith prayers for victims of quakes
Religions take part in prayer meeting for Japan and Myanmarâ€™s Shan state quake victimsParticipants in the service
- ucanews.com staff, Mandalay
- April 4, 2011
Around 200 priests, pastors, religious sisters, Buddhist monks, nuns and lay people from different religions took part in the interfaith prayer gathering in the hall of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Mandalay city on April 2.
The Mandalay interfaith network group organized the event.
The gathering held one minuteâ€™ s silence to pray for victims of both quakes, after which, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Bahaâ€™i and Christian representatives led the prayers.
Sympathy messages in Myanmar and Japanese were written while Christian youths sang gospel songs and a Protestant pastor gave a thanksgiving speech during the event.
U Nay Win, general secretary of the Young Menâ€™s Christian Association in Mandalay, said that the aim of the interfaith prayer meeting was not only to pray for the quake victims but also to build bridges among different religions.
â€śAll religions have built an interfaith network and come closer together for charitable works by setting aside prejudices,â€ť he said.
â€śIt was a privilege for us to pray together. Â We are more than ready to join other events in the future,â€ť Daw Wanna Pa Pa, a Bahaâ€™i schoolteacher said.
The interfaith prayer program organizers also raised around US$ 2,600 which they said they are going to send to quake survivors in Japan.
They also plan to collect further cash to help quake survivors in Shan State, in northeastern Myanmar.