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| creative encounters |
| voices of youth |
| practically speaking |
| focus on the interreligious movement |
| poetry |
| prayers and meditation |
| in review |
In 1025, Abbot Oliba, bishop of Vic and abbot of Ripoll, founded the Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, on Catalonia’s sacred mountain, near modern Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. In 2025, the community of Benedictine monks there will celebrate millennium of service to the Catalan church and to the culture and people of the region.
In July 2004, Barcelona will host the 3rd modern Parliament of the World’s Religions, in conjunction with the city’s Universal Forum of Cultures. Prior to the 2004 Parliament event, the Council will be hosting a three-day Assembly at Montserrat Abbey, gathering together religious and spiritual leaders, scholars, activists and practitioners, grassroots interreligious organizers, representatives of the world’s other guiding institutions, and young people, in order to consider the role and contribution of religion and spirituality to a better world. The 2004 Parliament Assembly will feature a series of conversations focused on four pressing needs in the world:
• improving the plight of refugees;
These themes will resonate through the entire Parliament event.
The cover photo gives a glimpse of the beautiful abbey that will play such an important role in the work of the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions.