Religion: World Peace Meeting in Sarajevo

In September hundreds of leaders with Sant'Egidio Community

26 April, 20:34

(ANSAmed) - SARAJEVO, APRIL 26 - Hundreds of religious leaders of all confessions and people from the world of culture and politics from over 60 countries will be present at the 26th International Meeting of Prayer for Peace in Sarajevo, from September 9 to 11. Organised by the Community of Sant'Egidio in the spirit of Assisi, the historic day of prayer, an initiative of Pope John Paul II in 1986, the event was presented today in the Bosnian capital by the city's archbishop, cardinal Vinco Puljic, by the president of the Umbrian Episcopal Conference, monsignor Vincenzo Paglia and by representatives of three Bosnian religious communities. The event is organised by the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna-Sarajevo, in close collaboration with the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate and the Jewish Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The idea to hold the meeting in the Bosnian capital this year, the 20th anniversary of the start of the war (1992-95) was launched last year by monsignor Pero Sudar of Sarajevo and the head of the Islamic Community in Bosnia, Mustafa Ceric. The meeting, the cardinal said, will contribute to ''launching a real peace strategy from this city''.

''Religious people don't have armies, don't have banks nor political power,'' said monsignor Paglia. ''But religions have the power to reach people's heart and we want to touch everybody's heart, also because we have to come together to redesign the future of this land." (ANSAmed)

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