Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – At a time of terrible divisions in the world, leaders from multiple faiths joined together at UN Headquarters in New York to observe a moment of prayer for peace.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the gathering was taking place at a unique moment: on the last Friday of Ramadan, as Christians celebrate Easter, Jews mark the end of Passover, and Sikhs enjoy the festival of Vaisakhi.
“Even the calendar is sending a message of unity,” he remarked.
“Today, at this blessed moment of renewal across faiths, let us lift our hearts and voices for peace – our guiding star and our most precious goal.”
The ceremony was held on the Visitors’ Plaza at the UN Secretariat in front of the iconic Knotted Gun sculpture, which has become a symbol of the Organization’s commitment to global peace.