Pope Francis and leaders and representatives of 450 representatives of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and other religions of the world said "No to War!" on Sept. 20, vowing to oppose terrorism in God's name and appealing to politicians to listen to "the anguished cry of so many innocents". They made the appeal at the end an international interreligious prayer meeting in the central Italian town of Assisi, that was home to St. Francis, the popular 13th century saint revered by many religions as a patron of peace and nature and a defender of the poor.
Many of those who joined Pope Francis in appealing for peace were from Asia. Listen to a programme on the Assisi peace meeting: