Assisi 2011: Pope & prayer for peace

Oct 27, 2011

Twenty five years ago today, a remarkable gathering took place in Assisi, Italy.  Pope John Paul invited religious leaders to pray together for peace. The pope pushed past official opposition to cross denomination divides. The result was an event that has entered history as a turning point in both inter-religious dialogue, and prayer for peace.




Tomorrow, twenty five years later, Pope Benedict is in Assisi. Today, at a Vigil in preparation for his Assisi visit, he gave this homily: “It is not the sword of the conqueror that builds peace, but the sword of the sufferer.”

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