Comunità di Sant’Egidio

Rome, July 14th, 2016

Your Excellency,

I am truly glad that you will be present at the coming International Meeting “Thirst for Peace” which is promoted – as you know – by the Community of Sant’Egidio in cooperation with the Diocese of Assisi and the Franciscan Families. The event will take place in Assisi from 18 to 20 September 2016.

The initiative will meaningfully celebrate the 30th anniversary of the historical Day of Prayer of October 27th, 1986, summoned by the Saint Pope John Paul II. In a complex time as the one we are experiencing, we believe that the Conference will represent an important and necessary tool for building up peace in our contemporary suffering world.

In the framework of the meeting, we would be honored if you could offer two of your precious contributions: the first  in the Panel on the topic “Christian Unity: Ecumenism of Mercy”; the second in the Panel “Food and Water: Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty” (titles to be finalized). We will be glad to send you more information on the topics if required.

The Panels will take place on Monday 19th September (morning or afternoon) or on Tuesday 20th September (morning). After a first round of contributions from all speakers (each contribution must last no more than 10 minutes), all will have the chance of a second round to further examine the topic after having listened to the words of the other speakers and to the questions from the audience. Your written texts may of course be more extensive and they will be made available to the press and for the proceedings of the Congress.

While we kindly ask you to confirm your availability as soon as possible we would be grateful if you can communicate to our Secretariat  the language of pronouncing your contribution (possibly English, French or Italian) and to send us your text possibly not later than August 31st, in order to facilitate the work of our translators.

For any detail you may contact our Offices in Rome (

Once again I convey you my best regards.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Alberto Quattrucci
Secretary General

Anba Epiphanios

Orthodox Bishop, Coptic Church

Abbot of the Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great in Scetes, Wadi El Natrun

Beheria Governorate – Egypt