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Closing ceremony of the Inter-religious convocation on Peace, Assisi “Thirst for Peace: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue” Reflections by Gillian Ahlgren, Professor of Theology, Xavier University September 20, 2016 At precisely 2:00 pm, the security personnel began admitting participants with passes into the standing room of the upper and lower courtyards surrounding the Basilica of…

From the Lyrick Theatre in the valley outside Assisi Glass windows to my right provide a majestic view of the hillside city of Assisi.  The Rocca Maggiore towers above us, and the graceful arches of the basilica and monastery complex of San Francesco extend as a kind of bridge.  There are 5000 of us gathered…

I am sending this brief dispatch from here in Assisi, where I have come, along with thousands of others, for “Thirst for Peace,” an international meeting of religious leaders and faithful. 30 years after the gathering convened by John Paul II in 1986, we live in a very different world, yet one in which, as…