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International Prayer for Peace

The International Prayer for Peace is an annual meeting with roots in the historic gathering of religious leaders convened by Pope John Paul II in Assisi, Italy in 1986. At the conclusion of that meeting, the Pope offered an invitation to the world: “Let’s keep spreading the message of peace and living the spirit of Assisi.” The Community of Sant’Egidio, a lay Catholic movement in Rome, accepted the Pope’s invitation and began organizing annual meetings of religious leaders in the “spirit of Assisi.” The meetings bring together leaders from a variety of faith traditions to discuss the value of peace between cultures and religions, methods of realizing that goal, and threats to achieving peace. This resource page provides an overview of the meetings of the International Prayer for Peace so far this century as they have dealt with the most pressing issues of our time.
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