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Religious leaders pray for global peace (July 2, 2008)

Religious leaders pray for peace together in their individual ways.

In advance of the Hokkaido Toyako Summit, the World Conference of Religions for Peace began on July 2 at the Sapporo Convention Center in Sapporo's Shiroishi-ku area. During the meeting, religious leaders from around the world are scheduled to discuss environmental and poverty issues. On the opening day, spiritual leaders of Christianity, Islam and Buddhism prayed together for peace in their own individual styles.

The event is being hosted by the Japan Committee of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. Approximately 300 religious heads from 23 nations and regions including the United States, Palestine and Nigeria are participating in the two-day meeting, which runs until July 3. Themes of discussion include the changing climate and the elimination of nuclear weapons and terrorism across all faiths.

Recommendations will be summarized for the Summit countries, and will be handed to the Japanese Government in its role as chair of the Summit.

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