Italy 12 November: Palermo
Friends and Faiths
The School Director (in blue) was so pleased with the visit. We were at the school for two and half hours. It was such a warm reception.
We offer the Detention Centre a Jharna Kala painting titled 'Happiness' by the founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy. Inside the Centre the detainees, who range from 16 to 25 years of age, relayed the torch through the corridors to a meeting room. In the meeting room we presented the Peace Run, passed the torch and sang two songs by Sri Chinmoy, 'A New World of Peace' and the Peace Run song. The young men asked us questions about the Peace Run, recited some of Sri Chinmoy's poems on Happiness which they had selected and presented us with a large painting they had prepared for us. The staff invited us to guide all the young men in a meditation exercise to invoke Peace. For security reasons we were not allowed to take photos inside the meeting. The staff took photos and will send a selection to us soon. It was a very special experience, and we offer our heartfelt gratitude to everyone there.
In the evening we are invited to a special Interfaith event at a Mosque in the centre of Palermo. The Archbishop is there to greet us.