AUSTRIA: REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR. ECUMENICAL PRAYER AND GARDEN OF PEACE

July 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the Austro-Hungarian declaration of war on Serbia that provoked the outbreak of World War I. To mark the occasion, several events of prayer and reflection are being held in the Diocese of Salzburg, from tonight to 28 July, to commemorate the tragic events of the Great War. The Bramberg Museum in Salzburg will unveil the exhibition "a village in war" which documents life during wartime through photographs, memorabilia and videos. There will also be a series of conferences organised by local artists and experts. On Saturday 26, the 2,224-metre high Wildkogel will be the venue for an ecumenical and interfaith celebration with meditations, songs and testimonies "in that spirit of religion which goes beyond the boundaries of difference". Attendees will include religious representatives and artists from different Christian denominations, Muslims and Buddhists. On July 28, the day of the anniversary, the Wildkogel will be in the spotlight again for the opening of new naturalistic routes that will form a big "Garden of Peace". Local inhabitants will take care of the plants in view of the creation of a common system with Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, in the same places that were affected by the war. ” “” “” “

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