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Interfaith call for a ceasefire and lasting peace in the Middle East

Interfaith call for a ceasefire and lasting peace in the Middle East


Statement issued by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Islamic Religious Community of Italy (COREIS)


As Christians observe Lent and Muslims prepare to celebrate Ramadan, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) joins the Islamic Religious Community of Italy (COREIS) in urging a radical return to the core teachings of our respective religions, which exhorts loving unity over division, while respecting differences, and fostering constant dignity to the life of every person. 

We make this appeal for an immediate and indefinite ceasefire in Gaza and the unconditional release of all hostages abducted on 7 October 2023 in Israel. The commitment to nurture and heal our shared humanity prompts us to mourn and pray for every single victim of the terrible violence that prevails around the world, no matter their background.

During this season of prayer and fasting, we appeal to believers and all people of goodwill to uphold the shared humanity that is so dear to our faiths and especially to redouble efforts to bring about an immediate and lasting cessation of violence of all kinds in Gaza that will allow Jews, Christians and Muslims to fully experience the sacred benefit of Lent and Ramadan, the religious holidays of Eid al-fitr, Easter and Pesach.

JRS and COREIS hope that not only will the incessant suffering of innocents cease, but that a space for dialogue and mutual security might become possible. To this end, we urge all political actors, governments and others, to actively support a ceasefire and the opening of such spaces for those who can imagine a non-violent future today.

And we call for all the possible support to courageous and prophetic people experiencing the violence in their own lives who can still think of such a future for everyone in the region. They are the actors who should be heard and strengthened in this situation.

Together we stand in solidarity with the victims of violence and join their pleas for peace and respect for the humanity we share. 

Together we continue to be inspired by the words of Pope Francis and Imam Ahmad al-Tayyeb in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together (2019), which promotes “the adoption of a culture of dialogue as a path; mutual cooperation as a code of conduct; reciprocal understanding as the method and standard.” This document condemns “terrorism” as “deplorable” because it “threatens the security of people, be they in the East or the West, the North or the South, and disseminates panic, terror and pessimism, but this is not due to religion, even when terrorists instrumentalize it. It is due, rather, to an accumulation of incorrect interpretations of religious texts and to policies linked to hunger, poverty, injustice, oppression and pride. This is why it is so necessary to stop supporting terrorist movements fueled by financing, the provision of weapons and strategy, and by attempts to justify these movements even using the media. All these must be regarded as international crimes that threaten security and world peace. Such terrorism must be condemned in all its forms and expressions.”

Brother Michael Schopf SJ, JRS International Director
Imam Yahya Pallavicini, Vicepresident, COREIS
Father Daniel Corrou SJ, JRS Middle East Director
Prof. Abd al-Haqq Guiderdoni, Vicepresident, COREIS


Marina de Melo Vasconcelos

Em comunhão com os que lutam pela paz


Iraci de Fátima Cirino dos Santos

O coração clama pela vida e pela paz.


Rosane Steffenon

Em unidade, solidariedade e prece pela paz.



Nos unimos a todos los hombres y mujeres que luchas por la Paz y la unidad de todos los seres humanos, sin distinción alguna... Brota desde lo más profundo de nuestro SER un grito por la PAZ y la SOLIDARIDAD...


Marianne Bode CSJ

Praying for peace and understanding among all nations


Maria Cristina Gavazzi

As women religious it is important to stand TOGETHER in solidarity with the victims of violence and join their pleas for peace and respect for human beings.


Matemdakama Marie Pépyne Claudia

La paix , l’unité dans la diversité , une marche vers la synodalité , dans la foi commune à Dieu Unique. Une préoccupation et défi à relever.


Gisèle Turcot

Chers représentants de JRS et COREIS, En qualité de responsable d'une congrégation religieuse au Canada, je suis très touchée par votre appel commun. Nous nous associons à vous pour que soient entendus les appels à l'écoute des souffrances des otages, des besoins des populations qui aspirent à vivre dans un environnement non-violent. Nous prions avec vous le Dieu misériordieux de soutenir tous les artisans et artisanes de paix et de justice qui agissent au nom de leur foi er de leur devoir de charité.

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