Therefore the announcement that under this Pontificate there would be a third "Assisi" later this year surprised many.
Rorate publishes an extract of a letter to a Lutheran friend:
"I understand quite well - Benedict XVI wrote in March 4, 2011 - your concern regarding the participation at the Assisi meeting. However, this commemoration would have to have been celebrated in some way and, all things considered, it seemed to me that the best thing would be for me to personally go there being thus able to determine the direction of it all. I will nevertheless do everything in order that a syncretistic or relativistic interpretation of the event will be impossible and so that what will remain is that I will always believe and confess that which I had called to the attention of the Church with [the Declaration] 'Dominus Iesus'."The problem will be not so much the address that the Pope will give but the pictures that will be shown. How will these ensure "a syncretistic or relativistic interpretation of the event will be impossible"?