Gibraltar’s religious harmony inspires religious leaders

A high level religious delegation from the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) in the UK visited Gibraltar on Wednesday.

Created 71 years ago, the Council was brought to the Rock on a one day visit at the instigation of the local Jewish Community. The CCJ, which promotes inter-faith dialogue and fights anti-Semitism, was able to see at first-hand how the many faiths on The Rock live together in unity and harmony.

The delegation was made up of the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nicholls, Rabbi Dr Abraham Levy, Emeritus Spiritual Head of Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation, (both Presidents of the CCJ), the Bishop of Manchester, Rt. Rev. Nigel McCulloch, and Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, (Designate) Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and The Commonwealth.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, in welcoming the delegation, spoke of Gibraltar’s former Chief Minister, Sir Joshua Hassan, and how his example and those that came before and after was something Gibraltar really had to care and preserve.

“We have a great thing going on this Rock of ours and we have to make sure that we treat it carefully and we look after the tolerance, the respect – the love that we all have for each other which makes this community the great international example that it is,” he said.

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