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St. Egidio community earns Pope's praise for peace efforts

September 30, 2013

Pope Francis praised the St. Egidio community for its work on behalf of peace during a private audience on September 30.

The Pope meet with participants in a meeting on inter-religious dialogue hosted by the St. Egidio community. He credited the group for preserving the spirit of cooperation that Blessed John Paul II had invoked in convening the first inter-religious day of prayer at Assisi.

Pope Francis quoted his predecessor, Benedict XVI, saying that “it is necessary to eliminate every form of violence motivated by religion, and to keep vigil together to ensure that the world no longer falls prey to the violence inherent in every plan for civilization that is based on a 'No' to God.”

Religious leaders should promote dialogue, the Pope said, not for their own benefit, but to advance the cause of peace.


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