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Lamp of Peace

Lamp of Peace

Designer: Sister M. Agar Loche, PDDM
Gift of His Holiness Pope John Paul II through Monsignor Paolo de’Niglio, Regent of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household

Oil lamp used by His Holiness Pope John Paul II during the World Peace summit hosted by the Vatican at Assisi, Italy, January 24, 2002.

Pope John Paul II called for this pilgrimage in response to the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. More than 200 religious leaders from around the world made the trip with John Paul II, including nearly 30 Muslim imams, a dozen rabbis, members of 15 Christian denominations, Hindus, Buddhists, Quakers and others.

On Sept. 11, 2002, the lamp was used by Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson in the lighting of candles at the Holy Mass and Ceremony “One Nation Under God,” Day of Remembrance on the occasion of the 2002 Supreme Assembly meeting, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. The observance also commemorated the first anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 and the terrorist attacks on America.