Pope Benedict XVI has invited Hindus, Jews, Taoists, and Muslims to join him next week for a peace pilgrimage to the hilltop town of Assisi - but they won’t pray together because Benedict doesn’t want to show different beliefs and rituals mixing. The Oct. 27 event marks the 25th anniversary of the first such interreligious prayer for peace, which was promoted by Pope John Paul II. Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, didn’t attend that first 1986 meeting and later criticized it as an example of religious relativism.
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