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Inclusive, plural tribute to peace

Published Fri, 25/08/2017 - 10:47

People of all religious, secular and atheistic persuations united to pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks.

The memorial act, inclusive and open to everyone, brought together 800 people with different religious, secular and atheistic beliefs to pay tribute to the 15 victims of the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks.

The ceremony was marked by the communion in diversity of different beliefs, religious, secular and atheist, which was demonstrated by the reading of fragments from several religious texts, including the Bible, the Koran and the Torah, as well as a Buddhist text with peace as a common denominator. Articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were read out to in an event led by the actress Carme Sansa.

Music was provided by the Orquestra Àrab de Barcelona, who performed “El cant dels ocells” (The Song of the Birds) in a moment of cultural fusion. At the same time, 15 young couples representing various religious and non-religious organisations that took part in the ceremony created a large bouquet of flowers, formed by 15 smaller ones representing the 15 victims of the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. This bouquet was then added to all the other offerings of mourning and peace that people have left on La Rambla in recent days.

Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government’s Directorate General of Religious Affairs organised this event, which was held in the Sala Marquès de Comillas at the Barcelona Maritime Museum.

 

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