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November 7 2008

Rome - Press Conference on the Meeting in Cyprus "The Civilization of Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue", Sala Stampa Estera, via dell'Umiltà 83/c, 11.30 am

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Twenty-two years after the historic World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi, convened by Pope John Paul II,


The Civilization of Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue


International Meeting in Cyprus


November 16 -18, 2008

sponsored by the Community of Sant’Egidio

and the Orthodox Church of Cyprus



Sant’Egidio has gathered heads of state from Europe, Africa and Central America for three days in Cyprus, in the heart of the Mediterranean.


300 religious and secular authorities, cardinals, patriarchs, together with the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Meztger, and Ezzeddin Ibrahim, advisor of his Highness,  the President of the United Arab Emirates, his holiness Ravishankar from India, primates of Christian churches and leaders of other religions.   


Ingrid Betancourt, Elías Antonio Saca, President of El Salvador, Amadou Toumani Toure, President of Mali, together with the Patriarch of Alessandria, Theodoros II and the Metropolitan Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Cyprus, will participate in the most important meeting for dialogue of the year between the faithfuls of different faiths and cultures in the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East. 

Accreditation on the basis the attached forms will be required.




A press conference
will be held to provide the media and public opinion with news about prominent participants as well as round table discussions and events that will take place during the International Meeting. 




The Orthodox Church of Cyprus and the Community of Sant’Egidio are available for any further information that may be necessary in order to arrange for special reports and in-depth analyses, 



Journalists, photographers, and cameramen who wish to follow the event must make a request for accreditation to the Community of Sant’Egidio in Rome before November 10, 2008. Tel. 39.06.585661; Fax 39.06.5883625; e-mail [email protected] -  Rinaldo Piazzoni (mob. 39.335.8381334), Francesco Dante (mob. 39.339.3324274) Paolo Ciani (mob. 39.338.7870605).



To be accredited one must send:


1) An e-mail, fax, or letter on the media organization’s official stationery with the request for accreditation, signed by an editor or senior manager.

2) Numbers of professional and personal identification documents.

3) Contact information for immediate and future communication


The accreditation badge can be obtained directly in Cyprus.

The letter of accreditation, 2 photographs and professional and personal documents must be presented before the badge will be given out.





Piazza di S. Egidio 3/a – 00153 Roma

Tel. 06 585661 – Fax 06 58566331 – www.santegidio.org - [email protected]

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