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Community of Sant'Egidio

The Community of Sant'Egidio is a lay organization of Catholics founded in 1968 by Andrea Riccardi to promote global evangelization and charity. Its principles include prayer, communication with the gospel, solidarity with the poor, ecumenism, and dialogue as a means of conflict resolution. One of its most prominent programs is the International Prayer for Peace, an annual gathering of many faiths and cultures, while its DREAM program has become a standard-bearer for HIV/AIDS programs. It has also made significant contributions to peace processes around the world, in particular in Mozambique. In 1990, the community was accepted by the ruling Frelimo Party and rebel Mozambican National Resistance as a conflict mediator and played a key role in the signing of the Rome General Peace Accords in 1992. It adopts a peacemaking approach that is deeply rooted in Catholic tradition and theology.

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