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The October 27, 2011 gathering of religious leaders in Assisi. Photo: Andrew Medichini6/Flickr
The October 27, 2011 gathering of religious leaders in Assisi. Photo: Andrew Medichini6/Flickr
by Austin Ivereigh, America Magazine

Of all the challenges faced by the Vatican in organizing the 25th anniversary of the historic interreligious gathering in Assisi in 1986, the hardest was how to make it newsworthy. The 176 delegates – representing, said the Vatican, “not only the world’s religions, but all people of good will, everyone seeking the truth”– whom Pope Benedict XVI led by train from Rome to the town of St Francis were comprehensive in their diversity. But if the Christian delegations on October 27 included the top men – Pope Benedict himself, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I – the delegates from Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others included no obvious celebrities, or even organizations whose presence might have raised an eyebrow. Even the inclusion of four non-believers failed to create a stir, for it was not Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens standing with the pope but little-known academic philosophers.

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Posted: November 14, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1821
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Assisi, interfaith
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