Sri Chinmoy has his fourth audience with Pope John Paul II, just before his weekly mass for 15,000 people in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City.

Sri Chinmoy kindly requests the Pope to bless the ‘Peace Torch’ and explains to the Holy Father that it will be carried by runners and schoolchildren throughout the world:

“Holy Father, we are offering our hearts’ prayerful gratitude to you for so compassionately blessing this Peace Torch, which will be carried in seventy countries.”

The Pope gives his special blessing and then, speaking in Italian, the Pope explains the symbolism of the Torch to the crowds in Saint Peter’s Square. In conclusion, the Pope says:

“I salute the runners of the Peace Run, who are carrying a torch as a testimony to peace through the streets of the world.”

Published in Pope John Paul II: God’s Heart-Prize Winner