The Assisi Interfaith Meeting
'Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace,' a day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world.
- Pope Benedict XVI travels to Assisi, Italy, by train on Oct. 27.
- "The Vatican wanted today's event to feel like a pilgrimage and not just a conference. And we saw that in the moments of silence, the lighting of lamps, and above all in the final moments when participants prayed before the tomb of the Saint."- John Thavis, @CatholicNewsSvc
- The leaders affirmed the obligation of love of neighbor, the conviction that true faith never can be used to justify violence, the responsibility religious leaders have to educate their followers to respect others and the need to continue interreligious dialogue.
Pope Benedict was the last to read his commitment. He said: "Violence never again! War never again! Terrorism never again! In the name of God, may every religion bring upon the earth justice and peace, forgiveness and life, love!" - @CatholicNewsSvc
- "For the first time included among the participants were four philosophers who described themselves as humanists or seekers and do not identify with any single religion." - Alicia Ambrosio, @saltandlighttv
- “Through interfaith dialogue, we can unite in common cause to lift the afflicted, make peace where there is strife, and find the way forward to create a better world for ourselves and our children.”
-U.S. President Barack Obama, via Suzan Johnson Cook, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, and Miguel H. Diaz, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican
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