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La Journée de prière pour la paix, Assise 1986, vue par Marcello Zago
Summary – On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the first Day of Prayer for Peace, held in Assisi on October 27, 1986, the following article offers a rereading of this event. An event which united, around the person of Pope John Paul II, representatives of several Christian churches, and delegations of non-Christian religions, including several “traditional” religions. The memory and the evaluation of the importance and the impact of that historic day are evoked through the writings and eye-witness accounts of Bishop Marcello Zago, one of the principle organizers of the event. This is the tenth anniversary of his passing. The Assisi event signaled an acceleration in interreligious dialogue. The images of that day remain, and are a hopeful sign of what religious persons should be in society: intercessors before god for peace, builders of peace among peoples, icons of the unity of God’s sons and daughters, of the real possibilities of dialogue, of friendship, and of communion among all.


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