UPDATE #2: ZENIT is now reporting that the “train that will take Benedict XVI to Assisi in two weeks for the interreligious pilgrimage of peace, is doing trial runs in preparation for its prestigious passenger.” So is the Pope going, or not? And I wonder why are they waiting to release his final schedule on the 18th?
Looks like the Pope will skip Assisi, according to this Press Release defining his schedule:
Missing from the schedule is the previously announced pilgrimage to Assisi on Oct. 27, which will mark the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace, convoked by Pope John Paul II in 1986. The day is being organized under the title “Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace.”
On Jan. 1, Benedict XVI convoked the meeting and invited “Christian brothers of different confessions, exponents of religious traditions of the world and, ideally, all men of good will, to join in this journey to recall that historic gesture willed by my predecessor and to renew solemnly the commitment of believers of every religion to live their own religious faith as service for the cause of peace.”
The schedule does mention that Benedict XVI will preside at a prayer event Oct. 26 in St. Peter’s Square, which will serve as a vigil for the interreligious event.