UPF Sponsors Hindu–Christian “Peace” Gestures in India

DonBoscoIndia reports from Northeast India:

The Agartala celebrations of the International Day of Peace (IDP) consisted in leaders from both Christian and Hindu communities, planting a sapling in a place offered by the other community. Catholic Priest Pascal D sdb planted a sapling in the compound of Bholagiri Ashram in Amtali on the outskirts of Agartala town in the presence of Maharaj Sureshsara Nanda Giri Swamiji and other religious leaders…The second part of the program was held at Don Bosco Peace Centre Nandannagar. Maharaj Sureshsara Nanda Giri Swamiji accompanied the group to Don Bosco and planted a sapling in front of the Peace Centre.

…The program was organized by Sampari Hukumu Bodol Tripura, under the patronage of Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Peace Dream and Religious Youth Service (RYS). UPF had some months ago conferred the Ambassador for Peace status to Fathers KJ Joseph sdb and Joseph Pulinthanath sdb, both of who are also members of Sampari Hukumu Bodol.


UPF Meeting in Mongolian Parliament

The Philippines Enquirer reports:

Former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. has added his voice to the calls to stop the fighting in Mindanao and urged the revival of the peace talks with the Moro secessionist rebels

…De Venecia, addressing some 400 international political and civil society leaders in the Mongolian parliament, also talked about the peace efforts in the South Caucasus between Georgia and Russia.

The leaders were gathered in the Mongolian capital by the Economic Peace Council of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF).

De Venecia has long-standing links to the UPF, and he has explicitly praised Rev Moon.

Further details of the meetings appear on the UPF website; it comes in the wake of a “Global Peace Festival”:

…In addition to widespread civic action, the Universal Peace Federation is committed to leadership education as an important step in bringing peace. The International Leadership Conference was attended by 250 delegates from 38 nations, including more than 20 former heads of state and senior government ministers from central Asia and Oceania. “We need to find a better way to choose better leaders,” said the Hon. Stanislav Shushkevich, former president of Belarus and a member of the UPF Presiding Council, “and this peace education initiative can be an important first step.”

I discussed Shushkevich’s links to the UPF (which are used against him by Belarus dictator Lukashenko) here.