Italy 12 October: Rome

Pope Francis Blesses the Peace Torch

Pope Francis blessed and held aloft the Peace Torch from the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016.

Salil Wilson, Executive Director of the Peace Run, presented the torch.

Here is a video showing a short excerpt of the mass followed by Pope Francis blessing the torch.

We also presented a beautiful volume of selected drawings and messages of peace and love from children on six continents.

The Pope was delighted with the gifts, which also included an acrylic painting by Peace Run founder, Sri Chinmoy, entitled Grace.

This photo is copyright to L'Osservatore Romano.

He offered his soul-stirring blessings to all the Peace Runners from many nations. This was Pope Francis’ second time to bless the peace torch.

We were also very grateful to have Peace Run founder, Sri Chinmoy, present the Peace Torch to Saint Mother Teresa for her blessings in Rome in October, 1994.