Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace

Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace

On October 27, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI and leaders of many of the world’s religions will gather in Assisi, Italy, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of  Pope John Paul II’s Day of Prayer for World Peace.

Assisi, home of St. Francis, is an ideal location for this gathering. Francis was willing to meet with the Sultan at the time of the Crusades. The “spirit of Assisi” is still one of tolerance and openness within a solidly Catholic identity.

The event has been criticized by several traditional Catholic groups who believe that interreligious dialogue has no place in the true mission and identity of the Roman Catholic Church.

We’re looking forward to following the event here at AmericanCatholic.org. Let us know what you’d like to see in our coverage.


About the Author

Diane M. Houdek is Digital Editor for Franciscan Media as well as an editor in the book department. She is the author of Lent with St. Francis, Advent with St. Francis and Pope Francis and Our Call to Joy. She is an avid knitter and spinner and shares her home with four rambunctious dogs. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she has tried her hand at urban farming and a host of other pursuits and hobbies.
  • Anonymous

    The St. Pius X (SSPX) group from the article you link to is not a “traditional Catholic group”; the society has no canonical status in the Catholic Church (i.e., it’s not in full communion with the Catholic Church). I think a more accurate description of “traditional Catholics” would be Catholics who are faithful to the pope and the Magisterium, therefore traditional Catholics would support what the pope is doing.

  • http://kolbemarket.com/blogging-and-linking/ BarbaraKB

    Know what this reminds me: Diane will be in Assisi with PBXVI! Looking forward to your reports from your time there. Need a camera?