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Join us in prayer in Assisi

From The Universe dated 15 August 1986:

As many readers may know, thousands of people will be converging on Assisi in late September at the invitation of His Royal Highness Prince Philip in his role as President of the World Wildlife Fund International.

Here, a new alliance between the five world religions and international environmentalists will be forged through a series of dramatic events including pilgrimages through Umbria's beautiful countryside, a great interfaith ceremony, a Conservation Conference chaired by Prince Philip, and a major festival of music, drama and dance, drawing upon religious and cultural art forms from around the world.

However, what happens at Assisi September 23-29 is only the first step. Of more fundamental importance is the emergence of long-term follow-up programmes inspired by the event, which will develop the themes raised. We are delighted that both the Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal Hume will be sending a letter of support.

We would like to extend an invitation to all those who are able to join us in Assisi to remember us in their prayers at this time. We are also jointly arranging a special service to take place at St James' church, Piccadilly at 11am on Sunday 21 September.

One very powerful example of what the events at Assisi are about is the Canticle of the Creatures Community Project. This musical work, based on the final prayer/poem of St Francis, is a jazz oratorio composed by a Franciscan Brother and performed in dance and song by members of the Craigmillar community in Edinburgh. It is a joyful celebration of nature which captures the simplicity of St Francis and his message.

Martin Palmer

The Universe (15/8/86)

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