Pope John Paul II Blessed our Interfaith Center in Assisi, Italy December 2001
In January 2002, Pope John Paul II planned a meeting of the leaders of the world religions in Assisi, Italy. After being invited to visit the Assisi Retreat Center, the Vatican responded with a letter.
"From the Secretary of the Vatican to the Bishop of Assisi in the name of Pope John Paul II for the Assisi East West Retreat Center.
Mr Bruce and Mrs Ruth Davis are responsible for the Assisi East West Retreat Center. They have written His Holiness to request the possibility that he visit them during his time in Assisi on January 24th, 2002.
His Holiness is very grateful for their genuine sentiments expressed from their devout voices. Please express his gratitude to them by giving them his blessing. Unfortunately when His Holiness is in Assisi he will not be able to visit personally. However, please make the most of this moment and offer them his most respected blessing. Thank you for your cooperation. "