The World Peace Prayers has brought together over 400 religious leaders of different faith, the prayers which held on September 20, had in attendance Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II, who finally had the chance to meet Pope Francis in Assisi, Italy.
Report from Radio Vatican said Pope Francis presided over the event which lasted for 3 days, organized for all religious faith. Themed: Thirst for peace: religions and cultures in dialogue, it was the 30th anniversary celebration of the World Day.
In his speech at the event, Pope Francis reportedly encouraged all regions of the world to thirst for peace as it is gift from God.
“We have come to Assisi as pilgrims in search of peace. We carry within us and place before God the hopes and sorrows of many persons and peoples: we thirst for peace; we desire to witness to peace.”
“Above all, we need to pray for peace, because peace is God’s gift, and it lies with us to plead for it, embrace it, and build it every day with God’s help.”
Before the closing ceremony, the Holy Father reportedly delivered a meditation on peace to a gathering of leaders from various Christian Churches and ecclesial communities in the Lower Basilica of St. Francis, and he quoted:
“Before Christ Crucified, ‘the power and wisdom of God’ (1 Cor 1:24), we Christians are called to contemplate the mystery of Love not loved and to pour out mercy upon the world.”
“On the Cross, the tree of life,” the Pope continued, “evil was transformed into good; we too, as disciples of the Crucified One, are called to be ‘trees of life’ that absorb the contamination of indifference and restore the pure air of love to the world. From the side of Christ on the Cross water flowed, that symbol of the Spirit who gives life (cf. Jn 19:34); so that from us, his faithful, compassion may flow forth for all who thirst today.”
Also siting a quote from Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis conclude his remarks saying,
“Here, thirty years ago, Pope John Paul II said: ‘Peace is a workshop, open to all and not just to specialists, savants and strategists. Peace is a universal responsibility.’
“Let us assume this responsibility, reaffirming today our ‘yes’ to being, together, builders of the peace that God wishes for us and for which humanity thirsts.”