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No inter-religious prayer planned for Assisi event

October 12, 2011

Inter-religious prayer is not on the agenda for an October 27 meeting in Assisi, the Vatican has revealed. “The emphasis this time is on pilgrimage and not on prayer,” Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told EWTN News. The African cardinal acknowledged that some Catholics had been concerned—and justifiably so, he said—about giving approval for non-Christian worship services in Catholic churches during previous events at Assisi.

Pope Benedict XVI has invited leaders of various religions to gather at Assisi in support of world peace. But the Pope—who had himself expressed misgivings about the original Assisi event organized by Blessed John Paul II in 1986—has chosen to stress the shared commitment to the cause of peace, rather than attempting to find a common basis for prayer among followers of different faiths.


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Oct. 12, 2011 9:46 PM ET USA

    Hmm..This is interesting. One might say it is no accident that this announcement comes at the same time the SSPX is considering its response to the Vatican's doctrinal "preamble." The SSPX -on the feast of the Most Holy Rosary no less- reiterated its fidelity to traditional Catholic dogma. The cardinal's words are remarkable and seem to reflect more than a slight shift in orientation. SSPX insistence on fidelity to "Eternal Rome" appears to be resonating at the highest levels of the Vatican.

  • Posted by: eustachius234 - Oct. 12, 2011 6:51 PM ET USA

    Deo Gratias!