International Prayer for Peace - 2006 - Washington

In April 2006, Georgetown University hosted the International Prayer for Peace in Washington, D.C. The first International Prayer for Peace on American soil brought together some 2,000 participants from Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Shintoism to engage in interreligious dialogue and share their faith perspectives on crucial global issues including violent conflict, human rights, and development. The Washington meeting was also the first Prayer for Peace to focus on global issues, with the exception of one panel on interreligious dialogue in the United States.
The first International Prayer for Peace on American soil brought together some 2,000 participants from Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Shintoism to engage in interreligious dialogue and share their faith perspectives on crucial global issues including violent conflict, human rights, and development. Prominent speakers at the event included Georgetown University President John DeGioia, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, then-Archbishop of Washington, DC, and Dr. Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio. The International Prayer for Peace fired the enthusiasm of students, faculty, and staff, and strengthened Georgetown’s relationship with the Sant'Egidio community, a leading supporter of interreligious understanding in the service of justice and peace.

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