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The Vatican last week ordered us to get travel arrangements for ALL Archbishops from around the world to Rome. They are to be in Rome by Oct. 10, through the 24. They indicated that if they arrive after the 17th, they are not to come and stay with their clergy. Both recalling all the bishops and mandating the date and not to come if you miss the date has NEVER happened before. It should be noted, Elenin will be closest Oct. 17.
We have been asked to work the weekend, additional arrangements being made for the same event for non-clergy... "friends of the church". All to arrive Early October, whats really odd is that this gathering once again is only one-way tickets. Also, no hotel reservations made for these people which would be done through us. Normally we don't do accommodations for clergy, but for consultants, visiting scholars, etc. we usually do hotel.
On January 1, 2011, on the occasion of the 44th World Day of Peace, Benedict XVI announced that he would travel next October to Assisi for the anniversary of the interreligious gathering that John Paul II organized on October 27, 1986.
Twenty-five years after the gathering of the leaders of all the world religions, Benedict XVI will go “as a pilgrim” to Assisi, “inviting my Christian brethren of various denominations, the exponents of the world’s religious traditions to join this Pilgrimage and ideally all men and women of good will” to accompany him for the purpose of remembering the historical gesture of John Paul II. The pope also expressed the hope that believers of every religion would “solemnly” renew their commitment to live their own religious faith as a service to the cause of peace.