“Durable peace requires more than political accords and ceasefires and development projects. It requires social healing, which may come only through the introduction of a radical new factor, such as healing through forgiveness,” Mindanao’s bishops and Ulama said as they celebrated the Mindanao Week of Peace from November 27 to December 3,2003.
The 2003 year’s theme was “Healing through Forgiveness: Key to Total Human Development.” 
In a statement released two weeks before the celebration , BUC  convenors Archbishop Fernando Capalla of Davao City, Bishop Emeritus Hilario Gomez of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and Mahid Mutilan, chair of the Ulama League of the Philippines, said peace has remained elusive even if “there have been, and there are, many development projects that claim to promote pace” and even as “there have been, and there are, many peace negotiations.”  “Yet there is still un-peace in our region,” they said.  The statement quoted two phrases from the Qur’and the Bible. “The Holy Qur’an says that ‘if you do good openly or in secret, or pardon an evil, surely God is All-pardoning, All powerful (4/149).’ The Holy Bible says Christians should always pray: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…'(Lk11:4),” the statement read. The convenors said total human development “demands a healthy (peaceful) body and spirit. Bodily health is served by material projects, spiritual health is served by healing through forgiveness. Then he or she can be a real reconciler and peacemaker, a totally developed human being.”

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