International Prayer for Peace - 2004
The 2004 International Prayer for Peace was held took place in Milan, Italy, and marked the eighteenth year of the event organized by the Catholic lay organization Community of Sant'Egidio. The theme of the Milan meeting was "Religions and Cultures: The Courage to Forge a New Spiritual Humanism." Religious leaders from an array of different faith traditions spoke on current topics such as Islam in Europe, globalization and inequality, and immigration. The overarching subject of the majority of panels was the development of a "New Humanism" forged through the world's religious ideals to face the challenges of the twenty-first century. Numerous politicians participated also took part in the event, and Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi addressed the gathering.