Monday, September 04, 2006

World religious leaders discuss Lebanon future

Monday September 4, 07:23 PM

Assisi (Italy), Sep 4 (DPA) Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders gathered in the central Italian town of Assisi Monday to discuss the crisis in Lebanon and how to foster dialogue between the world's faiths and cultures.

The Sant'Egidio Community, a Rome-based Catholic group, organises the annual two-day 'International Meeting and Prayer for Peace' and this year takes place in the home of St. Francis.

It comes 20 years after the first such gathering of religious leaders headed by the late Pope John Paul II here in 1986.

In an address read out to participants during the meeting's opening ceremony, Pope Benedict XVI warned believers against the use of force in the name of religion, saying religion should unite rather than divide.


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