Sondrio and Padova (Italy) and Brussels (Belgium) June 2010
"Peace is not impossible; it is very possible. From personal fulfillment to our collective compassion for humanity, we can make tremendous strides."
On June 22 in the Piazza Garibaldi, a peaceful village square lying in the heart of the city of Sondrio, Italy, in the foothills of the Alps, Prem Rawat was greeted by the town's mayor, Alcide Molteni, along with Marina Cotelli, Town Hall Alderman.
Two days later, he arrived in the city of Padua, one of the oldest and noblest cities in northern Italy, to speak at the impressive Teatro Verdi, which first became a cultural forum in 1751. Hosted by the Town Hall of Padua, Province of Padua, and the Region of Veneto, he was greeted by presenter Angelo Baiguera with a message of goodwill from Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic, expressing appreciation and best wishes. After Prem Rawat spoke, he was presented with the seal of the city of Padua, as well as a plaque commending the work of The Prem Rawat Foundation.
On June 29, at the invitation of Gianni Pittella, first Vice President of the European Parliament, Prem Rawat was the keynote speaker at a conference entitled "Words of Peace for Europe." Held in the prestigious setting of the European Parliament building in Brussels, the event was introduced by Vice President Pittella and included a talk by Pavel Borodin, State Secretary of the Union of Russia and Belarus, and a message of good wishes for the event from Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy.