Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Dialogue and Reconciliation

Cardinal Antonio Quarracino

He spread to Argentina the spirit of the Second Vatical Council. He respected the Jews and had built in their honour in the Buenos Aires Cathedral the first monument of this kind placed inside a Catholic Church. He is like a bridge between Pope Francis and Pope Roncalli, who is now nominated to become a Righteous among the nations. 

"Ours is a story of reconciliation

Alfred's father was killed by Donata's in the 1994 genocide, but the two kids decided to get married. And now their love is an example of reconciliation for Rwanda, a country called as "Africa's Singapore". 

"We are all sons of the same God"

The legacy of Pope Roncalli and his "original solutions" to help the Jews as seen by father Ezio Bolis, director of the Fondazione Giovanni XXIII. 

"Turks and Armenians to attain dialogue"

Gariwo interviewed Taner Akcam, genocide scholar specialized in Turkish and Armenian issues at the Clark University USA. He emphasized the importance of dialogue for a better understanding and possible reconciliation. 

The kid who jumped off the train to Auschwitz

Tale of Simon Gronowski, who besides the horror of Nazism knew the courage of the Belgian partisan and the cop from the same country Jan Aerts, who instead of putting him again on the train to the lager, put him on the "right" journey back to Brussels and to meet with his father. 

The legacy of Pope Roncalli

On the 29th of April there was in Jerusalem a conference on the figure of Pope Roncalli. Gariwo interviewed Danny Rainer, of IRWF Jerusalem, about the results of this conference and the candidacy of John XXIII as a Righteous among the Nations.

Dialogue and reconciliation

it is the Righteous, rather than the victims or the persecutors. to speak to the future generations

In the torn social fabric of a country where a genocide case or other crimes against the humankind have occurred, it is very difficult, even after many years, to resume a kind of dialogue to re-establish relationships and rebuild civil coexistence between the victims - including survivors or their relatives, refugees and their heirs - and the persecutors, accomplices or passive bystanders. To this we should add the role of the State, its officials and government members, who often try to deny what occurred and refuse taking up the - however apparent - responsibilities of the massacres. Only the reaction and heeding ability of those who have not bowed their heads to the uniformation of behaviour within the group of the persecutors and have refused to conform to a conduct which conscience cannot approve, can allow people to resume a kind of communication which is able to combine the need for truth and the assumption of responsibility with an opening to future hope and a shared project-making. The Righteous are the only ones who have what it takes to do that.

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