Posted April 27, 2006
A Lay Movement Well Worth Emulating
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Washington, D.C. – This morning Representative Dan Burton (R-IN) introduced
a resolution commending the Community of Sant’Egidio for their extensive
charity and generosity on behalf of the poor throughout the world.
"I commend the Community of Sant'Egidio for their extensive work,
generosity and charity on behalf of the World's poor and down-trodden,"
commented Mr. Burton upon introducing the resolution.
"I am very grateful to Mr. Burton who introduced the resolution, as well as
to Mr. Lantos, Mr. Meeks, and Mr. Bartlett as original co-sponsors, for
acknowledging the tremendous contributions of the Community of Sant’Egidio
to peace and justice globally," commented Joseph K. Grieboski, President of
the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.
The resolution recognizes the history and contributions of Sant’Egidio. The
Community of Sant'Egidio began in Rome in 1968, in the period following the
Second Vatican Council. Today it is a movement of lay people and has more
than 50,000 members in Rome, Italy, and in more than 70 countries throughout
This year, marking the twentieth anniversary of the Day of Prayer for Peace
at Assisi, Sant’Egidio is holding its first meeting in the United States.
The meeting – which has as its theme "Religions and Culture: Courage to
Dialogue" and is organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio in conjunction
with Georgetown University and the Archdiocese of Washington – promises to
be a significant contribution to the global discussion that will call to
arms an Understanding of Civilizations, rather than a clash.
"I hope the Annual Prayer for Peace gathering fosters peace and
understanding and nurtures mutual respect and tolerance among all of God's
children," continued Mr. Burton. "I urge my all colleagues to co-sponsor my
resolution that rightfully thanks the Community of Sant'Egidio for all their
"’Religions and Culture: Courage to Dialogue’ is a much-needed and timely
contribution to the most important discussions of our time," concluded Mr.
Grieboski. "I encourgae the United States House of Representatives to
support and pass this resolution honoring the outstanding work of the
Community of Sant'Egidio."