- Sep 19, 2020
The Community of Sant’Egidio and the United States Agency for International Development have signed an agreement to collaborate in promoting peace, interreligious dialogue and anti-poverty efforts in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.
At a Rome event on Friday, a Vatican official praised the “parallel diplomacy” of the Community of Sant’Egidio.
Religions, which are meant to build bridges, contradict their very nature if they stop pursuing the path of peace, Pope Francis said.
Leading a prayer service in memory of the Christian martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries, Pope Francis also spoke about a woman whose name he doesn’t know, but who “looks down on us from heaven.” He got to know her through her husband, a Muslim refugee who Francis encountered in Greece. The woman, whom the pope described as a martyr, was a Christian beheaded by terrorists after refusing to throw away a cross she was wearing.