"Spirit of Assisi" Unites Young in Prayer

November 20, 2006

Source: Catholic News Service


Prayer for peace needs to be heard in synagogues, churches, mosques, pagodas and gurudwaras as well as in schools, workplaces, homes and "most importantly in our hearts", say young people who met for the 20th anniversary of the Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi.

Zenit reports that about 45 young from 29 countries and belonging to Hindu, Taoist, Buddhist, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Bahai, Tenrikyo and Brahma Kumari traditions came to Assisi and formed themselves as a family for four days.

The Christian participants at the youth meeting, organised by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), included 35 Catholics and 16 representatives of other Christian Churches and communities.

According to PCID under-secretary, Msgr Felix Machado, "the goal of the meeting was to pass on to the young generation the 'spirit of Assisi'", launched by Pope John Paul II in 1986.

The PCID invited about 100 youth from different religious traditions throughout the world; nearly 50 young people represented the Christians and the rest came from other religious traditions.