Religion and Cultures: the Courage of Dialogue
International Prayer for Peace
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
26 - 27 april 2006
"Let us continue to spread the message of peace. Let us continue to live
the spirit of Assisi."
these words, spoken in October of 1986, Pope John Paul II concluded the World Day of
Prayer for Peace in Assisi.
It was a historical event, which saw representatives of the great world
religions standing side-by-side with the Pope, united in their appeal for peace.
That was the starting point of a now twenty-year-old journey, which the
Community of Sant’Egidio has undertaken with special
commitment, and which has engendered the International
Encounters of Peoples and Religions. Year after year,
principle cities of Italy and European capitals have
welcomed this pilgrimage of men and women from diverse
faiths, seekers after peace.
This year, marking the twentieth anniversary of the Day of Prayer for
Peace at Assisi, the Global Encounter of Religions for
Peace is holding its first meeting in the United States.
The Meeting, which has as its theme “Religions and Culture: Courage to Dialog”,
is organised by the Community of Sant'Egidio in
conjunction with Georgetown University and the Archdiocese
of Boston, and will take place on 26th and 27th
April 2006 in Washington D.C.
In the course of the Meeting, several prominent witnesses and representatives
of the world’s great religions will meet in order to
address issues together. Encounters that might contribute
to the promotion of dialogue, and to a “globalization of the face of humankind”.