According to America magazine, "The most
important Catholic group that you may never have heard of is the Sant'Egidio
community." National Catholic Reporter stated that Sant'Egidio has
managed "to broker peace accords in war-ravaged countries, pressure the United
Nations to pass a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty, and run one of the
most successful anti-AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa."
Yet for all of
its accomplishments, the community of Sant'Egidio sees itself primarily as a
group committed to prayer. The Sant'Egidio Book of Prayer brings the
community's daily prayer to readers, inviting them into its spiritual life and
into solidarity with its mission of service and peacemaking.