Pope Francis attends an International Meeting for Peace with leaders of various religions and confessions at Rome’s Colosseum, and urges everyone to work toward purifying our hearts so that peace might fill our world.
The St. Egidio Community has held a two-day peace meeting in Rome which was attended by numerous faith leaders from across the globe.
The 35th International Meeting for Peace concluded on Thursday evening with a prayer for peace at the Colosseum, which was attended by Pope Francis.
Held under the theme, “Peoples as Brothers, Future Earth“, the event saw the participation of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Hebraism, Buddhism, Tenrikyo, Hinduism, and Sikhism.
Participants from over 40 countries met to discuss how to “start again” in the “Spirit of Assisi”, which is one of friendship and dialogue.
Pope Francis wrapped up the Prayer for Peace meeting at the Colosseum which was attended by hundreds of people from various faith traditions.
Ahead of a moment of silence for the victims of all wars, the Pope offered the concluding address for the event, asking God to “demilitarize the human heart.”
He said the urgent task of religions is “in this delicate historical situation: to demilitarize the human heart.”
“As believers it is our responsibility to help eradicate hatred from human hearts and to condemn every form of violence,” he said, according Vatican News.
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