A tribute was given to Most Rev. Fernando R. Capalla, D.D., Archbishop Emeritus of Davao last June 18 at the Finster Auditorium of the Ateneo de Davao University. The event was attended by students, faculty members, the Jesuit community and some religious leaders from different congregations.
The program started with a processional march led by Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, together with Archbishop Emeritus Capalla, Most Rev. Romulo G. Valles, D.D., Fr. Daniel McNamara, SJ, Prof. Alih Ayoub and Ptr. Roger Lofranco. Interfaith prayers were also led by a representative from the Muslims, Lumads and the faculty from the Theology Department.
Tribute messages were shared by three of Archbishop Capalla’s closest friends. Prof. Alih Ayoub- Secretary General of the National Ulama Council, Ptr. Roger Lofranco- from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and Most Rev. Romulo G. Valles, D.D.- Archbishop of Davao. Accordingly, Archbishop Capalla is an icon of dialogue and peace. He promoted peace and unity through interreligious dialogues. It was also said that he is a great example in building friendship between Christians and Muslims.
“Religion is not a hindrance to promote peace among Christians,” said Ptr. Lofranco as he shared his message.
A plaque was also given to the Archbishop Emeritus to give honor and recognition to his service in the Archdiocese of Davao and also in his peace building here in Mindanao.
“The bottom line of peace through ecumenical dialogue is human friendship,” said Archbishop Emeritus Capalla as he responded to the tribute messages.
Fr. President Joel Tabora, S.J. also challenged everyone to recommit themselves and promote the nexus for social justice and the faith.