World Day of Peace
It's the 25 year anniversary of when Pope John Paul II first invited religious leaders from around the world to an inter-faith prayer service for peace at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy.
In commemoration of Blessed John Paul's Day of World Peace in 1986, Pope Benedict XVI invited religious leaders from around the world to come together for the Day of Prayer for Peace. There were over 300 religious and non-believers from over 50 countries who attended today's prayer event.
Last night, Pope Benedict said, "It is not the sword of the conqueror that builds peace, but the sword of those who suffer and give up their own lives." He reminded the faithful that they must journey like Christ: "not with the might of war or the force of power... but with the giving of self, with love carried to its extreme consequences, even towards our enemies."
I commend the Holy Father for his commitment in bringing together leaders from around the world to pray for peace! We need more of this! If the religious leaders from around the world stood firm for peace and justice, our world could be a place where no one has to live in fear.