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Switzerland's Sikhs hold inter-religious prayer meet for tsunami victims

Amritsar,| February 01, 2005

To show their deep concern for victims of the December 26 tsunami wave attack across South East Asia, the Sikh community of Switzerland organized an inter-religious prayer at the Gurudwara in Lotzwill near the Swiss capital Berne.

This information was received by ANI through an e-mail from the Gurudwara Committee on Tuesday. The press release revealed that besides the head of different religions , the official of the Swiss Government and over 200 peoples participated in the event.

While addressing the gathering Mr. Priest Ernst Sieber, Priest of Christin religion in Switzerland and the special honorary guest on the occasion said that the efforts of the Sikh Community of Switzerland is highly appreciable and such events created strong relationship and understanding with each other.

While hailing the efforts of the Sikh community, Juerg Stettler, a representative of the Church of Scientology in Switzerland, said that "together we can do welfare for the mankind more effectively" while referring to the Sikh motto "all human race is one" he said that the motto absolutely fits in this ceremony.

Appreciating the holding of the inter-religious prayer meet, the mayor of Langenthal, Hans Jurg Kaser, and mayor of Gretzenbach, Hans Peter Jesenek, expressed their deep sympathy for the victims and their families.

Kurukkal , the head priest of the Hindu community in Switzerland , Abbas , the head of the Muslim Community of Macedonia, Leipziger, the Rabbi of the Jewish Community in Bren, Prem from Sri Lanka, Dr. Bajwa of the Ahmadiya Community and other dignitaries participated in the event.

Addressing the gathering, Sardar Karan Singh, the head of the Sikh Community in Switzerland, said that it was the first time that representatives of most religious communities had gathered together for a prayer meet at the Gurudwara of Switzerland. Mr. Ranjit Singh honored Mr. Priest Ernst Sieber with Siropa (the robe of honour) on the occasion. (ANI)


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