“God, has existed for Today”
In one location, political and religious leaders became one heart after signing the Peace Agreement.
A marvelous peace movement, “An unprecedented event,” Man-Hee Lee, the chairman of HWPL.
“Global family, Please rejoice! The world has only been suffering and death, chaosand war, but we have signed the agreement for the Alliance of Religions for World Peace! I would like to announce this great news. This is Peace. The new world of peace has been started!”
Has anyone thought about the following: gathering political, religious, youth, women, peace leaders from the all parts of the world to get together in one place, looking beyond their ethnicity, age, and gender. Chairman of HWPL, Mr. Lee who invited all these people to Seoul, Korea has announced it to be “The year of peace” to the world.
From the 17th to 19th, WARP: World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit was held as a Peace Festival of 200,000 members including 2,000 leaders of political, religious, women, and youth groups from 20 different countries. Particularly, the political and religious leaders convened to discuss sustainable cessation of war and the world peace and signed the peace agreement.
On the last day, at the Peace Gate of Olympic Park in Songa-goo, Seoul, 30,000 people from 650 youth groups from 140 countries participated in the Peace Walk shouting “We want peace!” The chairman Man-Hee Lee proclaimed “God, the creator, has also been working for Today, for this event. Now, there needs to be unity in religion so not only religions are free from conflict, but also all of society and all creation. What great news!” All the youth gathered and cheered together on the Korean Peninsula, which maintains to be the country with the longest ceasefire.
◆“Researchers, Scholars, Politicians, No One Would Ever have Thought”
Mr. Lee’s peace movement has been going on for a long time.
Mr. Lee, who has traveled the globe 14 times in the past 3 years, meeting with political and religious leaders and proposing to join together for ratification and implementation of international law for world peace, conducted the peace summit to actually achieve world peace through WARP.
Former and present presidents of countries and religious leaders from around the world were touched by the genuine heart of Mr. Lee and displayed their determination to work together by signing the Peace Agreement in Seoul Yeouido 63 Building Convention Center Grand Ballroom on the 18th.
“HWPL is the strong light that guides us,” Antonio Ledesma, the Archbishop of Mindanao, Philippines said. “Like how Mr. Lee played the pivotal role inreconciling Islam with Christianity in Mindanao, we need to spread the heavenly culture around the world so the whole world can be in harmony.”
Emil Constantinescu, the former president of Romania, said, “I was very impressed when I saw the heavenly culture that Mr. Lee directs. No one; researchers, scholars, politicians never thought about this.” He stressed the need to promote heavenly culture so everyone learns about it.
Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni journalist and the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said she has never witnessed any conference where this great number of people gathered for peace. She stated, “It is essential to distribute Mr. Lee’s insights with all the non-governmental organizations so conferences like this can occur many more times.”
◆Unity for Cessation of War and World Peace
International journalists, broadcasts and media who have been reporting from the opening to the closing program, of WARP all agree that the event was very inspiring.
Elizabeth Kachin,the reporter of Philippines’ national television station PTV, said “I was truly fascinated that a Korean played the crucial part in resolving the conflict between two religious communities in the Philippine island of Mindanao, a conflict no one was ever able to tackle. All the people in Philippines who have watched the news were very fascinated.” He said confidently that cessation of war and world peace will be definitely fulfilled if we work together with Mr. Lee.
Khaled Al Shouli, CBSP reporter covering the Middle East including the Palestinian Gaza district, said “Mr. Lee’s idea is inspiring. The fact that people who differ in all aspects: religion, race, country, gender, are gathered for the cessation of war and world peace. It is very important. I am very fortunate and honored to be here.”
This WARP event attracted the attention of people commencing with the opening ceremony on the 17th. 200,000 people who packed the inside and outside of the Olympic Stadium sent up rousing cheers upon hearing the guests’ congratulatory speeches and messages of peace. The ‘card section’ composed of 12,000 individuals moving in unison: creatinga huge billboard producing touching messages of peace. ‘Peace Arirang’ was world-class cultural performance adding to the festive atmosphere.
Mr. Lee said the event was, “An extraordinary command from heaven” and foreign participants and international media representatives complemented the summit by stating it was an, “unprecedented event.”