“International Gathering of Prayer for Peace” with Rev. Nakata in Attendance
From September 18 to 20, the “International Gathering of Prayer for Peace” was held in Assisi, a city located in central Italy (promoted by the community of Sant’Egidio–a lay Catholic group headquartered in Rome– in cooperation with the Diocese of Assisi, the Franciscan families and the city of Assisi). This meeting, which marked its 30th anniversary this year, drew approximately 500 religious leaders, researchers and government officials. Tenrikyo was represented by six delegates including Director-in-Chief of Administrative Affairs, Zensuke Nakata; Tenri University Vice President, Ikuo Higashibaba; Europe Centre Head, Yoshihasa Hasegawa; and Dai-Roma Mission Station Head, Hideo Yamaguchi.
Under the encompassing theme of “Thirst for Peace”, the gathering featured a total of 29 panel sessions and two forums. On September 19, Reverend Nakata, who took part as one of the panelists, introduced the teachings of Tenrikyo and expressed his resolutions to make the utmost effort to realize the Joyous Life World.