The Association of World Citizens, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations, cooperates fully with the World Interfaith Harmony Week, which takes place February 1-7.
“Before the problems of the church, it is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism or fundamentalism, in the restoration of obsolete conduct and forms that no longer have the capacity of being significant culturally…
Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts, interrogatives – but is alive, knows being unsettled, enlivened. It has a face that is not rigid, it has a body that moves and grows, it has a soft flesh: It is called Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis
In more than two years as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Francis has not shied from expressing his views on a great variety of issues.
“Hatred is not to be carried in the name of God! War is not to be waged in the name of God!”
“Women in the church are more important than bishops and priests.”
“Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits — but no.”
“I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful … I see the church as a field hospital after battle.”
“I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation.”
“Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the ‘culture of waste.’ If a computer breaks it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs and dramas of so many people end up being considered normal.”
“Perhaps you were mad, perhaps plates flew, but please remember this: never let the sun go down without making peace! Never, never, never!”
“Do you open your hearts to the memories that your grandparents pass on? Grandparents are like the wisdom of the family, they are the wisdom of a people.”
“True love is both loving and letting oneself be loved. It is harder to let ourselves be loved than it is to love.”
“Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads … to those who have quit or are indifferent.”
Sharing the picture on Facebook over the weekend, Mohamed Diini, a popular motivational speaker from Somalia, wrote: “As of late, so much — mainly pics — hurtful to the eye has been coming out of the Syrian refugee crisis and their odyssey seeking normal lives away from home. This particular picture … [gives] the true meaning of humanity. Someone said it best, ‘a normal picture in an abnormal context.’”
According to BuzzFeed, Fisker had been photographing a group of about 300 refugees, most of them from Syria, when he captured the encounter between the officer and the girl.
“It was quite a hot day,” Fisker said. “The policeman took his (or his colleague’s) wedding ring and played a game with the girl. He hid the ring in a hand and the girl was asked to guess which hand held the ring. They played together for a short while.”
The refugees had been walking along an expressway north of Padborg, Denmark, with the hope of getting to Sweden, the photographer said.
Sweden has, thus far, accepted the most refugees per capita among all European countries, The Washington Post reports. (Last year, the relatively small nation welcomed more than 30,000 refugees.) Denmark, in contrast, has taken a hard-line against migrants, and the country’s residents appear to be deeply divided on the issue.
Although tens of thousands of Danes gathered in Copenhagen over the weekend, shouting “refugees are welcome” in front of the parliament building, the Danish government recently placed an ad in Lebanese newspapers telling asylum-seekers to not come to the Scandanavian country. And last week, a man was photographed spitting on Syrian refugees walking on the highway near Padborg.
As the debate about Europe’s refugee crisis roils on, Fisker said he hopes the playful encounter between the officer and the child will help to encourage more empathy towards migrants, particularly in Denmark.
“It was a touching moment to witness,” Fisker told BuzzFeed. “They both caught my eye because in all of this sad history, it reminded me that we mustn’t say no to the people and children fleeing from war.”