Archive for February, 2012

The 10th Annual Munich Peace Conference, Munich, GERMANY

Monday, February 6th, 2012

February 3rd, 2012

While Hillary Clinton and other Defense Ministers conducted the annual “Security Conference” in a hotel in Munich, the Munich Peace Conference” took place in a very festive Munich Conference Hall.

Dagmar Berkenberg of The World Peace Prayer Society, branch office in Munich Germany organized and manned an information booth along with other non-profit peace organization groups.

The World Peace Prayer Society UN member state flags were place on stage with the panel of the evening keynote speakers, among some of the speakers were: Professor Dr. Randa Abu Bakr from Cairo, Jimu Naidoo, South African Human Rights activist and Susan George, a Franco-American political and social scientist, activist and writer on global social justice.

St. Genevieve celebrates Catholic Schools Week, Flourtown, PA-USA

Monday, February 6th, 2012

February 3rd, 2012

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon the students at St. Genevieve School in Flourtown, gathered in the courtyard around the “Peace Pole.” With peace written in multiple languages on it, the Peace Pole serves as an inspirational sight for students, who stood around it singing patriotic songs and participating in a prayer service to celebrate the USA and bring its meaning to life.

“This was for the nation and we were also praying for peace, for our world,” school Principal Sister Theresa Maugle said as two students carried the flags back inside.

What Sister Theresa referred to as Celebrate the Nation Day is part of a larger celebration for the 39th Catholic Schools Week.

Dakhla International Gathering ~ Kingdom of Morocco ~ World Peace Flag Ceremony and Peace Pole Planting

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

1-4 December 2012
Kingdom of Morocco

The World Peace Prayer Society was invited to be an official partner of the first Dakhla International Gathering featuring youth and human security.
Young people from 44 countries met in the city of Dakhla in southern Morocco to share their views and opinions on human security, economic prosperity and world peace.

Patronaged by Moroccan King Mohammed VI and organized and hosted by the organizations, Association d’Etude et de Recherches pour le Développement, the Forum des jeunes Marocains du 3eme Millénaire and the Agence du Sud, this four days conference taking place from 1-4 December 2011 had the objective to promote world peace among young people on and from Moroccan soil and its politically sensitive southern territory of Western Sahara.

King Mohammed VI launched some democratic reforms and therefore changed the country’s constitution in July 2011 which led to parliamentary elections in November 2011 as Morocco’s response and contribution to the “Arab Spring.” Hence, the Dakhla International Gathering took place in that spirit of reforms by giving a voice to young people; knowing that more than of half of moroccan population is under 25 years old.

The World Peace Prayer Society, represented by Executive Director Fumi Johns and Peace Pals Director Jules Lamore had a prominent role to play in the conference program. Fumi Johns gave a workshop for young people on human security and world peace after she delivered some opening remarks on the first day to a prominent audience of international youth delegates and political and economic dignitaries of the region of Oued Addahab Lagouira – the region where the city of Dakhla is located.

A major highlight of the conference was a World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all the countries of the world Jules Lamore organized and handed over to youth delegates and other youth participants, followed by two Peace Poles dedicated during an official special event on Dakhla’s main plaza on 3 December. On that occasion, WPPS Executive Director presented a framed message of peace and gratitude dedicated to the people of Morocco to the Governor of the Dakhla region and official representative of His Royal Highness King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Also, youth delegates read their Dakhla Youth Declaration addressed to King Mohammed VI to the audience in Arabic, French, English and Spanish.

Goi Peace Foundation representative Patrick U. Petit assisted Fumi and Jules by translating the speaches and some texts from English into French. The Dakhla International Gathering was majorly held in Arabic and French.


















In addition to the plenary session, conference participants visited various natural sites and social institutions like for instance the Dakhla orphanage center, a tomatoe plantage and the white dune of Dakhla, a prominent international tourism site for surfing and kiting.

As a Dakhla International Gathering follow up, a Culture of Peace award will be presented by The World Peace Prayer Society to His Royal Highness King Mohammed VI in the moroccan capital city of Rabat on 30 July 2012, a date which marks King Mohammed VI’s enthronement anniversary. A special event will be organized on this occasion by the King’s Secretary General Driss, who was the main organizer and host of the Dakhla International Gathering.

May Peace be in Morroco! May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Peace Pole Dedication & World Peace Flag Ceremony held at Hancock Shaker Village, Massachusetts-USA

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

September 17, 2011

Hancock Shaker Village held its Peace Conference on September 17th, 2011.

Keynote speaker Congressman Dennis Kucinich joined 18 dynamic workshop leaders for a day of peace!

The focus of the day was to explore “Peace” through the lens of the Individual, Relationships, Community and the World, and by doing so, raise awareness and consciousness about diverse peaceful practices, from the past and the present, that inspire people to live more peaceful lives.

Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) and Ann Marie Robustelli, Assistant to Director of WPPS, were invited to present the Peace Pole Dedication and World Peace Flag Ceremony, as one of the highlights of the Program.

Peace Pole Dedication – St Bernard’s Church, Sharon, Connecticut- USA

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

September 11, 2011

It was a lovely day outside St Bernard’s Church in Sharon where approximately 50 people gathered to dedicate a Peace Pole and pray for world peace. Fr. Francis led his parishioners in front of the Peace Pole and briefly spoke about his purpose of planting it as a reminder to think and pray for peace, particularly on this occasion of the 9-11 Tenth Anniversary. Together we prayed the prayer, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” followed by declaring the peace prayer for every continent in the world, and a moment of silent meditation to offer peace, love and forgiveness throughout the world. It was truly a heartwarming day to see and participate with everyone as they enthusiastically prayed for peace.

Pamela Beasley
Peace Representative

WPFC and Peace Pole Dedication at Vassar College-Poughkeepsie, NY-USA

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

November 16th, 2011

An 8 foot Peace Pole which bears the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, in eight languages was dedicated during the 7th Annual Kaleidoscope Event in celebration of Vassar College International Education Week. This annual event is host by the Vassar International Student Association.
Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college.

It is located in the scenic Hudson Valley, approximately 25 miles west of The World Peace Sanctuary in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Student body includes international students from over 50 countries!

Organized and facilitated by Ann Marie Robustelli, WPPS.
Jim Dugan crafted the Peace Pole at WPPS Headquarters and presented the World Peace Flag Ceremony.

ERASE club dedicates ‘Peace Pole’ in Little Falls, New Jersey-USA

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

October 20th, 2011

LITTLE FALLS – Passaic Valley High School (PVHS) recently was host to a ceremony in honor of School Violence Awareness Week.
The focal point of the ceremony, held on Oct. 20 by the school’s ERASE Club (Ending Racism and Sexism Everywhere), centered on the club’s
purchase of a “peace pole,” that was dedicated to the high school as a sign of its diverse student body.

Peace Pole at the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Motherhouse, Mt. St. Joseph, Ohio-USA.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Peace Pole at the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Motherhouse, Mt. St. Joseph, Ohio-USA.