More than 60 groups joined the ‘March for Peace’, on the first day of the New Year. The initiative was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Day of Peace established on the 10th December 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a historic document that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its third session on 10 December 1948. Archbishop Matteo Zuppi and several members of the city council attended the event, which set off at 1530 from Piazza VIII Agosto and arrived in Piazza Nettuno to hear several guest speakers.
Among those who joined the march included Bologna’s Islamic communities, as well as various religious and lay organizations, movements, associations, civic groups and various unions. Many nationalities were also in attendance: Chinese, Eritrean, Filipino, Iranian, Tunisian, Moroccan, Nigerian, Peruvian, Senegalese, Irish, English, and American. Religious denominations included: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Islamic and Jewish.
50 years ago Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro proclaimed the ‘Day of Peace’ and denounced the American bombardment of Vietnam from the pulpit of San Petronio. He said of it at the time: “The Church cannot be neutral in the face of evil in whatever part it comes from: its path is not neutrality but prophesy.” Pope Francesco likewise, reiterated this sentiment on his recent trip here in San Domenico, saying: “Not neutral but march for peace.”
On the 1st of January 1968 Lecaro and the Mayor of Bologna Guido Fanti both proclaimed in unionism that Bologna was a city of Peace.