POPE JOHN PAUL II AND SRI CHINMOY MEET 1980 jun 18Filed under europe | Interfaith meeting - conference | Significant events & meetings | Spiritual figure and plays
On 18 June 1980, while in Europe on a lecture and concert tour, Sri Chinmoy visited the Vatican for a private meeting with Pope John Paul 11. He was warmly received by the Holy Father, who noted his work at the United Nations and said: “Special blessings to you. Special greetings to your members. We shall continue together.”
Pope John Paul II and Sri Chinmoy
During the meeting, Sri Chinmoy presented the Pontiff with a plaque and a pamphlet containing a song he had composed in the Pope’s honour. “The words we exchanged were few, ” Sri Chinmoy recalled, “but the Pope spent some time looking at the plaque and the pamphlet and appreciating them. “I must say, Pope John Paul has tremendous warmth, and he is very sincere in expressing affection. He was beaming with joy and showed me tremendous affection, love and concern when he offered me his benediction.” This was the first time Sri Chinmoy had met Pope John Paul. On three previous occasions Sri Chinmoy had held private meetings with the late Pope Paul VI, who had been deeply appreciative of his efforts for world peace.
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