Twenty-five years ago, John Paul II joined leaders of other world religions for a historic encounter in Assisi, Italy. Tomorrow, his successor makes his own journey to the town of St. Francis for the "Day of Reflection, Dialogue and Prayer for Peace and Justice".
Benedict XVI typically travels by plane, but tomorrow he will be boarding a train in Vatican City, along with delegates representing other religious traditions. After an hour and forty-five minute journey, they will arrive in Assisi and proceed to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
There, leaders from other Christian churches will speak, including the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Churches, Bartholomew I, and the Primate of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Rowan Williams. Representing the Grand Rabbinate of Israel will be Rabbi David Rosen, a prominent figure in Jewish-Catholic dialogue. Representatives of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Yoruba (practiced mainly in Western Africa) will also address the group, before the Pope will speak.
According to the official program
, lunch will be "frugal", appropriate to the Franciscan spirit. A unique element of the day is that the religious leaders will then retreat privately to separate rooms for a "period of silence, reflection and personal prayer", before they reconvene at the Piazza San Francesco to solemnly renew their joint commitment to peace. The day-long pilgrimage ends with a visit to the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi.
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. Host Kris Dmytrenko will be joined by guest commentator Fr. Damian Macpherson, SA of the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The full broadcast schedule is below.
3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Prayer in preparation for the meeting in Assisi, presided by Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica (Italian)
- Benedict XVI and world religious leaders visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli
: Benedict XVI and world religious leaders solemnly renew their commitment to peace in the Piazza San Francesco, followed by visit to the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi
3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Pèlerinage à Assise du pape Benoît XVI avec des représentants d’autres religions (Français)
7:00pm - 7:05pm
- Perspectives Daily
: Overview of pilgrimage to Assisi
7:35pm - 11:00pm - Benedict XVI and world religious leaders visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, followed by solemn renewal of commitment to peace and visit to the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi
All times Eastern. Broadcast schedule is subject to change.