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The recent gathering of religious leaders must inspire those of all faiths to denounce the violence that is perpetuated in the name of religion.

Those meeting in the Saint Francis Basilica in Assisi, Italy, on 27th October 2011 included Catholics, Anglicans, Greek Orthodox,  Islamic representatives, Rabbis, Hindus, Buddists, Jains, Sikhs, a Koroastian, a Bahai, delegates of Taoism, Confucianism and traditional religions from Africa and the United States.

Pope Benedict XVI addressed the delegates on the 25th anniversary of the gathering where Blessed Pope John Paul II had first invited representatives of the world’s religions to come together in prayer.

The Pope strongly denounced religious terrorism describing it as “the antithesis of religion”. He said “We (the Catholic Church) are animated by the common desire to be ‘pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace’.”

The photograph published in The Weekend Australian on 29th October showed a few of those attending embracing in peace and solidarity; the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Douglas Williams, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Constantinople Bartholomew I, Pope Benedict XVI, Rabbi David Rosen of Israel, Nigerian Ifa Heritage president Professor Wande Abimbola and Hindu representative Acharya Shri Shrivastsa Goswami.

In imitation of these religious leaders, it is now up to us to embrace those of other religious affiliations to work in peace and solidarity for the Kingdom of God to reign in the world in our time.

May this gathering not have to wait another twenty-five years to again gather in prayerful community.

Let us as members of the Catholic Women’s League in Australia embrace the women of other faiths regularly as an example to all. It is up to all to all of us to be ambassadors for the Kingdom.

Ronaldah Gorring
Queensland State Secretary

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