World religious leaders gathered in Rome, Italy, to take part to the 27th inter-religious peace summit hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio, an Italian based Catholic lay association with a network of members spreading over 60 countries.

The summit, held from September 29 through October 1, this year reflected on “The Courage to Hope”, with 32 panel discussions on topics including the crisis in Syria, inter-religious dialogue, ecumenism, immigration, urban societies and violence on women.

Sant’Egidio has held the summit every year in several international locations since October 1986, as an annual follow up to the inter-religious day of prayer organised by Pope John Paul II in Assisi, hometown of Saint Francis and a symbol of peace.

Among the 400 participants hailing from 60 different countries were religious leaders (representatives of the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant churches, Muslim and Jewish leaders, delegates from the other major religions), as well as key figures of the European and international political and cultural scene.