The Spirit of Assisi

1986 - 2019

Pope John Paul II hosts a gathering of leaders of the world's religions in Assisi, 27th October 1986

In 1986, Pope John Paul II invited the leaders of the world's major religions to come together in the town of Assisi (Italy) to pray for peace. Seventy leaders or their representatives accepted his invitation. He called this occasion the Spirit of Assisi because it was in Assisi that St. Francis of Assisi was born and lived much of his life, and St. Francis is one of the great peacemakers. On 27th October, 2011 which was the 25th anniversary of the Spirit of Assisi, Pope Benedict XVI hosted a similar gathering. Each year on 27th October, people the world over are invited to hold similar events to pray for peace.

Religions are not only asked to dialogue

among themselves,

but to reach out to all people

whether they are believers or not.

Even more, they are now being challenged

to reach out beyond humanity,

because violence is being visited

on God's creation as well

- Pope Benedict XVI



Laudato Si'

mi' Signore 


Praised be You

my Lord

with all

Your creatures

- St. Francis