VATICAN CITY, Italy – Pope Benedict XVI had a meeting earlier today with the other delegates who attended during yesterday’s World Day for Peace in Assisi gathering and he further mentioned that the meeting really showed how “genuine the desire for peace and the good of others is.”
“In a certain sense, this gathering is representative of the billions of men and women throughout our world who are actively engaged in promoting justice and peace,” explained Pope Benedict.
He told them the World Day for Peace 2011 in Assisi had also been “a sign of the friendship and fraternity which has flourished” and also for the main reason of which relating to the role of those who had been engaged in dialogue at yesterday’s gathering. He also expressed himself of such hope that those kinds of friendships would soon “continue to grow.”
Pope Benedict also acknowledged the foresight of Pope John Paul II in calling the first Assisi meeting during the year 1986 and further explained that the World Day for Peace gatherings are also a “vivid expression of the fact that every day, throughout our world, people of different religious traditions live and work together in harmony.”
“It is surely significant,” he further continued, “that so many people are committed to working for the good of the human family.”
“As we go our separate ways,” Pope Benedict XVI expressed as he said his farewell to the other delegates, “let us draw strength from this experience and, wherever we may be, let us continue refreshed on the journey that leads to truth, the pilgrimage that leads to peace. I thank all of you from my heart!”
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