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Dialogue and Reconciliation

Honoring the Righteous for the Armenians

Editorial by Baykar Sivazliyan – President of the Union of Italy’s Armenians

This year we are about commemorating the 99th anniversary of the genocide against the Armenians. The Armenian Genocide was the result of a terrible ideology that took roots in the minds and souls of the Young Turks, to save what

An Angelus for the Righteous in all genocides

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous

Moral revolutions always start out with symbolic gestures, not because we can change the world with a magic wand, but because little clues highlighting the value of goodness help people believe in the creative force of their own

Farewell to Nelson Mandela

Passing away at age 95 of this absolute beacon of democracy, a leader who resisted jail and embraced pardon paving the way to reconciliation in South Africa after the fierce Apartheid persecution.  

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. 

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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Pietro Kuciukian's words

supporting the call "We make a dream, together"

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Hrant Dink

journalist who promoted dialogue and reconciliation between Turks and Armenians