On 20 October Rome Capital of Peace With Pope Francis, President Mattarella and religious leaders

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On 20 October Rome Capital of Peace

With Pope Francis, President Mattarella and religious leaders

The International Meeting “No one is saved alone", promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio, will also be attended by Patriarch Bartholomew I together with representatives of Islam, Judaism and Buddhism - A video message by Ursula von der Leyen is planned - The victims of the pandemic and of all wars will be remembered - At the end an appeal for peace will be signed.


On Tuesday 20 October Rome will be the "capital of peace" with the international meeting “No one is saved alone. Peace and Fraternity”. It is the thirty-fourth meeting the Community of Sant’Egidio has promoted  in the "spirit of Assisi” since the first international Day of Prayer for Peace called by John Paul II in 1986. The event - due to start at 4 p.m. - will bring together the world religions with distinguished representatives of the institutions. In this difficult time because of the pandemic but also because of the old and new conflicts - such as the ten year long war in Syria or the new clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh - a solemn moment of reflection, prayer and encounter will be offered to the world from the heart of Europe: a message of hope for the future in the name of Peace, the greatest good.

After the prayers of the various religions in different places according to each tradition (Christians in the Basilica of Ara Coeli with the presence of the Pope, Bartholomew I and representatives of Orthodox and Protestant Churches), at 5.15 p.m. the religious leaders will gather together in the Campidoglio Square for the final ceremony. After the arrival of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio, Andrea Riccardi and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, via a video message, will take the floor.

The Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, the Secretary General of the Superior Committee of the Human Fraternity (Islam), Mohamed Abdelsalam Abdellatif, the Buddhist Shoten Minegishi and, in conclusion, Pope Francis will give their addresses.
A minute’s silence will follow in memory of the victims of the pandemic and all the wars and then the 2020 Appeal for Peace will be proclaimed and delivered to the ambassadors and representatives of national and international politics (among others also the Italian Interior and Foreign Ministers, Luciana Lamorgese and Luigi Di Maio will be present) by a group of children.

In the end Pope Francis will light the candelabra of peace together with all the religious leaders.
Only a limited number of people will be allowed to participate in the event due to Covid- prevention measures, so we invite to register on the website preghieraperaperlapace.santegidio.org and follow the meeting in live streaming (Participate in the event online) in Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Japanese.