Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 25, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 25, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "as diverse a religious gathering as Pittsburgh ever sees came to what participants called 'our little piece of Assisi' last night to join their prayers for peace with those of Pope John Paul II and religious leaders from around the world... Catholic Bishop Donald Wuerl came first down the aisle of the chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale, where 125 people had gathered. After him came veiled Muslim women, a Baptist minister, Jewish leaders, a Zen Buddhist wearing a blue apron symbolizing lay ordination, Episcopal and Orthodox priests, brown-robed Franciscan monks and a Hindu leader with a red, white and blue ribbon pinned to the vest that topped his cotton tunic... 'This is beauty, when religions cooperate in prayers for peace. It is the highest level of humanity,' said Farooq Hussaini, director of inter-religious relations for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. 'This is a beginning. It opens many hearts. We can do a lot in this country.'"