International Prayer for Peace - 2009
The 2009 International Prayer for Peace, organized annually by the Community of Sant'Egidio, took place September 6-8 in Krakow, Poland. Leaders from all faith traditions gathered at the invitation of the Community of Sant'Egidio and Cardinal Stanislao Dziwisz of the Archdiocese of Krakow to promote peace between people of different faiths and between the nations of the world. The meeting also marked the seventieth anniversary of the beginning of World War II, which the leaders commemorated with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The rejection of war as a tool of conflict resolution was a prominent theme at the gathering, as was the need for spirituality in a time of economic turmoil and uncertainty.