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POPE FRANCIS MEETS APMC DELGATION ON OCTOBER 24, 2018

 

On October 24, 2018, Mobeen Khaja  met His Holiness, Pope Francis, to thank him for his message of peace and harmony to the people of the world and for always defending the oppressed and vulnerable people everywhere in the world. 

Mobeen Khaja led a Delegation of 30 Muslims and Catholic Christians to meet His Holiness. This is in keeping with one of APMC's objectives of engaging in interfaith dialogues and cross-cultural understanding. 

His Excellency Luigi Bonazzi the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada arranged this very special visit which exceeded our expectations and Mobeen Khaja and all those who attended are very grateful to him for this honour.  .

The invitation was extended to members of the APMC and of the  Advisory Board, and also close supporters. It was also extended to youth from across Canada in the form of an essay competition. 

All those who attended described the experience as "extraordinary".  After passing through security, the APMC delegation was ushered to seats close to the front of the stage. APMC's presence was announced and acknowledge during the sermon by His Holiness Pope Francis.

After the sermon, the delegation was invited to come down to the steps in front of St Peter’s Basilica. APMC was the second delegation in line.  His Holiness Pope Francis came towards our group and extended a warm welcome. His Holiness Pope Francis took time to speak to each member of the delegation, accepting various letters, and freely giving his blessings. As he continued his greetings, at a point, in a moment that could only be described as awe inspiring, and truly reflective of His Holiness Pope Francis’ kind and warm spirit, he said to the group “Please pray for me”. 

The next day, Thursday October 25, 2018 the APMC delegation continued with its work. In the morning, most members of the delegation met with His Excellency Bishop Miguel Ayuso who is Titular Bishop of Luperciana, and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. His Excellency Bishop Ayuso spoke to the delegation about the creation of the Council,  its purposes to work within the global village in a world where religious institutions are constantly being called on to be progressive, and the recent outreach they have been able to accomplish. His Excellency Bishop Ayuso iterated a commonality between the Council and the APMC to promote dialogue of respect and friendship with a message of peace and congratulated the APMC on its achievements.

Our second meeting of the day was at Pontificio Istituto di Studi Arabi e d’Islamistica (PISAI). The institute originally began in Tunisia as a way for traveling Priests to learn to live harmoniously within the Islamic culture. We were informed the institute now hosts numerous students from around the world, who are selected by their local parishes to attend in order to learn, Italian and classical Arabic in order to gain a better understanding of the Quran as well as its accompanying texts. The institute has three publications and consults with various organizations that deal within the Islamic diaspora.

More photos and full story will be added shortly

 

 

Events held in 2018

The Association held the 22nd Annual Lunch reception for MPPs at Queen's Park on March 22nd, 2018.

 For story and photos, please click here.

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The 7th annual Iftar Dinner was held at the Ottawa City Hall on May 23, 2018.  H. E. Sabine Sparwasser, Ambassador for the Federal Republic of Germany was the Keynote Speaker

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The 23rd Annual Parliament Hill  Eid dinner was held on June 19, 2018 at Sir John Mcdonald Building.  Mr. Akaash Maharaj, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).of was the Keynote speaker and Award Recipient.  For story and photos, please click here.  For speech, please click here.

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The 20th Annual Canada Day celebrations and the 3rd Citizenship Ceremony were held in Toronto on June 29, 2018.  H.E. Tariq Azim Khan was the Keynote Speaker and Award Recipient for this year.  For story and photos, please click here.

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Dr. Dilkhush Panjwani received the Order of Ontario in 2018.  Congratulations to him for this honour.

 

EVENTS TO BE HELD IN 2019

The Association will be holding Eid ul Fitr Celebrations at Parliament Hill , Iftar Dinner at Ottawa  City Hall,  Annual Lunch at Queen's Park and Canada Day in Toronto.  Dates will be announced later.

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For information about our events and the Association, please contact us at: apmo@apmo786.org or info@progressivemuslims.ca 

Our Headquarters are located in Ottawa.  Our business telephone number is 613-255-1786. 

To join the organization and get information and applications, please contact us at members@progressivemuslims.ca  or info@progressivemuslims.ca 

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