The University community is invited to view the broadcast of the closing ceremonies of Assisi 30 Thirst For Peace on the occasion of the International Prayer for Peace, inaugurated by Saint Pope John Paul II in Assisi in 1986. Dean Andrea Bartoli of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations will be moderating the viewing on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Diplomacy Room in McQuaid Hall from 11:30 a.m. until around 3 p.m.
The World Day of Prayer for Peace concludes the three-day event organized by the Sant'Egidio Community with participation of more than 450 religious leaders of different faiths gathering to pray for peace and strengthen dialogue in the spirit of Assisi. This year, Pope Francis will join with major religious leaders including Bartholomew, Patriarch of Constantinople; Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; along with other Orthodox and Christian leaders and Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist leaders and those of all faiths to call for peace, unity and interreligious understanding.
"As we know, Seton Hall has played a very relevant role in Vatican II and the document Nostra Aetate and the transition of the Catholic Church in recognition of other faiths and people of other faiths," said Bartoli, Permanent Representative of the Community of Sant'Egidio to the United Nations and the United States since 1992. The community has helped in the first edition of prayer and continues to do the prayer every year.
Dean Bartoli serves on the boards of Seton Hall's Carnegie Hall Concert for Peace and the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies, which fosters understanding through education, advocacy and inter-religious cooperation among Jews, Christians and people of other religious traditions. He shared how colleagues and students from colleges and schools throughout the University have come together to engage in a steadfast commitment to these efforts - including Campus Ministry projects around the globe, the Catholic Studies Foundations of Christian Culture course, participation in World Youth Day in Cracow, Poland and the Journey of Transformation course.
"Seton Hall University from the beginning has been a Catholic University for all. So for Seton Hall, especially since the visit of Pope Francis last year to the United States, it is important to see the growth of this significant interreligious dialogue - with this event, the largest ever. It is an extraordinary moment for us," said Bartoli.
"At the School of Diplomacy, our students' work goes beyond studying professional state structures. There is a larger commitment to society, a society that is respectful of human rights and dignity of the human person," he shared.