Syrian-born Catholic priest Gregory Chahin, a faculty member at Assumption Seminary, addressed a small gathering of students and faculty at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, today. He lamented the condition of those caught up in violent conflict around the world-particularly in Syria and the broader Middle East-and urged people to do more to restore peace. His presentation was followed by Imam Beytullah Colak, director of the SA chapter of The Islamic Institute.
Chahin and Colak, along with other speakers and guests, concluded the event by dedicating a “peace pole” on the university grounds. Peace poles are markers emblazoned with the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in multiple languages intended to serve as a “symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family.”
From the UN regarding International Peace Day:
The Peace Pole Project was developed in 1975 by Masahisa Goi.