Representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism gathered to speak of peace at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco at the same time that Pope Benedict XVI was meeting in Assisi, Italy, with representatives of world religions as well as with atheists.

Both meetings were held Oct. 27 and titled “Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace.”

At the shrine’s Interreligious Convocation for Peace and Understanding, representatives spoke briefly of their commitment to peace. The ceremony concluded with a signing of a peace document and the lighting of candles.

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