By: QUIAPO CHURCH SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM
On September 6, 2018 the Religions for Peace-Japan had several-days of visit in the Philippines for a Pilgrimage. The Religions for Peace is a global interfaith network that harnesses the energy and commitment of religious leaders around the world to advance its mission of multi-religious cooperation for peace.
Part of their short visit in Manila is to see and know about the rich history of faith and miracles of the famous Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene which commonly known as “Quiapo Church”, and at the same time, to discover the many efforts of the Basilica in helping the poor and the needy not only in Manila but also in the many parts of the country.
In this regard, Fr. Raul Salgado, one of the parochial vicars assigned in Quiapo Church did the honor to welcome the Japanese delegates on behalf of the parish priest and rector, Msgr. Hernando Coronel. After the short welcome, Mr. Alfrein Quirionez, the point person of the short visit showed to them one of the documentary videos of the Quiapo Church then followed by the open forum facilitated by Mr. Charles Glen Unidad, the head of the BEC and Family and Life Ministry.
Lastly, after the film viewing the Japanese delegates had also the chance to visit the office of the Inter-religious Dialogue Ministry for them to know about its concrete efforts and initiatives in building dialogue and peace between the Muslim and the Christian community in Quiapo which is considered as the heart very of Manila, not only in terms of geography, but also on the aspect of religiosity wherein thousands of Christians flocking in Quiapo Chruch every Friday to express their devotions to the Black Nazarene, and at the same time, for the Muslims who observe their Friday religious obligation to gather together to pray as one community in the Manila Golden Mosque and Cultural Center.