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A tree planting at the Bermuda Islamic Cultural Centre’s Founders’ Day ceremony (Photograph supplied)
Emir Saleem Talbot, of the Bermuda Islamic Cultural Centre, Wes Spiewak, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, and John Rankin, the Governor, release doves outside Winterhaven Cottage (Photograph supplied)

The Bermuda Islamic Cultural Centre this week celebrated its Founders’ Day with a ceremony that highlighted interfaith partnership.

Emir Saleem Talbot, of the Bermuda Islamic Cultural Centre, and Wes Spiewak, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, joined John Rankin, the Governor, at Winterhaven Cottage in Hamilton Parish in memory of last year’s signing of a copy of Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.

The original document was signed in Abu Dhabi in February by Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, in a bid to create a culture of mutual respect.

The Founders’ Day celebration featured a traditional Tree of Peace and Reconciliation ceremony. Doves were then released from the doorstep of the cottage, which is now being converted to a spiritual sanctuary, learning centre and living laboratory for global food security.

The event brings closure to a preliminary series of public interventions launched at a candlelight vigil on New Year's Eve 2019, a spokesperson said.

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Published October 17, 2020 at 7:00 am (Updated October 16, 2020 at 6:02 pm)

Founders’ Day ceremony highlights interfaith union

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