2006 International Prayer for Peace to be held in United States on April 26-27

January 13, 2006

The Community of Sant’Egidio, the Archdiocese of Washington, Georgetown University, and The Catholic University of America are pleased to announce the International Prayer for Peace: “Religions and Cultures: the Courage of Dialogue,” which will be held in Washington, DC on April 26-27, 2006.

This gathering will feature religious and civic leaders from around the world and will mark the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s historic interfaith gathering for peace in Assisi. This also marks the first time that this annual event, the largest regularly-held interfaith gathering in the world, will take place in the United States. The program will include 80-100 speakers and panelists from the US, Europe, Asia and Africa, representing all the major faiths and discussing issues ranging from “Religions and the Fight Against Global Poverty” to “Mass Media and the Portrayal of Religion as a Source of Conflict,” and will conclude with a dramatic public ceremony and signing of a proclamation for peace on the evening of April 27.

Claudio Betti, a spokesman for Sant’Egidio, noted, “Over the years, we have been able to gather together leaders who have found a way to speak to each other about their differences, recognizing that the road is long, but that peace is the common destiny of humanity. We are very excited about bringing this conversation to Washington, DC.”

The Community of Sant’Egidio founded in 1968, is a movement of over 50,000 Catholic lay people throughout the world who are dedicated to living the Gospel, interreligious dialogue, peace, justice and service. Based in Rome, Italy, Sant’Egidio has members in more than 70 countries. This will be the organization’s first major event in the United States.

Additional media contacts:

Claudio Betti, Community of Sant’Egidio, [email protected]

Jacques Arsenault, Georgetown University, 202-687-4328 or [email protected]

Victor Nakas, The Catholic University of America, 202-319-5600 or [email protected]

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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