Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue

Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace


“We are all pilgrims of truth and peace regardless of our beliefs. We are all seekers of the truth and are conscious of a shared responsibility for the cause of justice and peace in this world of ours.”

The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue is hosting an Ecumenical and Interfaith Conversation on Sunday 23 October, to remember and celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Peace called by Pope John Paul II at Assisi in 1986.

The event will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta starting with an afternoon tea at 3.30pm followed by the Ecumenical and Interfaith Conversation from 4.30pm to 6pm.

RSVP for the event is Thursday 20 October (Phone 02 9683 6277).

The Ecumenical and Interfaith Conversation is an opportunity to consider a range of questions with the Commission of Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue, including:

  • What does it mean to be a “Pilgrim of truth, pilgrim of peace” for me?
  • What does it mean to be a “Pilgrim of truth, pilgrim of peace” for my Church, for my Faith Tradition?
  • How can I respond to the call to be a “Pilgrim of truth, pilgrim of peace”?
  • How can we, as a Church or Faith tradition, respond to the call to be “Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace”?
  • What are some possible barriers to the call to be “Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace”?

Common quest for the true progress of the whole human family

Twenty-five years ago on 27 October 1986, Pope John Paul II organised the first World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi, Italy.

In all there were 160 religious leaders spending the day together with fasting and praying to their God or Gods.

They represented 32 Christian religious organisations and 11 other non-Christian world religions.

The inspired reflections of these men and women, representatives of different religious confessions, their sincere desire to work for peace, and their common quest for the true progress of the whole human family, found a sublime and yet concrete form in the "Decalogue" proclaimed at the end of this exceptional day.

Decalogue of Assisi for Peace

1. We commit ourselves to proclaiming our firm conviction that violence and terrorism are incompatible with the authentic spirit of religion, and, as we condemn every recourse to violence and war in the name of God or of religion, we commit ourselves to doing everything possible to eliminate the root causes of terrorism.

2. We commit ourselves to educating people to mutual respect and esteem, in order to help bring about a peaceful and fraternal coexistence between people of different ethnic groups, cultures and religions.

3. We commit ourselves to fostering the culture of dialogue, so that there will be an increase of understanding and mutual trust between individuals and among peoples, for these are the premise of authentic peace.

4. We commit ourselves to defending the right of everyone to live a decent life in accordance with their own cultural identity, and to form freely a family of his own.

5. We commit ourselves to frank and patient dialogue, refusing to consider our differences as an insurmountable barrier, but recognizing instead that to encounter the diversity of others can become an opportunity for greater reciprocal understanding.

6. We commit ourselves to forgiving one another for past and present errors and prejudices, and to supporting one another in a common effort both to overcome selfishness and arrogance, hatred and violence, and to learn from the past that peace without justice is no true peace.

7. We commit ourselves to taking the side of the poor and the helpless, to speaking out for those who have no voice and to working effectively to change these situations, out of the conviction that no one can be happy alone.

8. We commit ourselves to taking up the cry of those who refuse to be resigned to violence and evil, and we are desire to make every effort possible to offer the men and women of our time real hope for justice and peace.

9. We commit ourselves to encouraging all efforts to promote friendship between peoples, for we are convinced that, in the absence of solidarity and understanding between peoples, technological progress exposes the world to a growing risk of destruction and death.

10. We commit ourselves to urging leaders of nations to make every effort to create and consolidate, on the national and international levels, a world of solidarity and peace based on justice.

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