On July 27th 2014 the 2nd peace pole was planted in the Bavarian town Freising, next to the church “Saint Jakob” during one of the various celebrations taking place in that month to commemorate 100 years World War I. Pax Christi was one of the main initiators to this Peace Pole planting.
Freising`s District Administrator Josef Hauner mentioned that the message on the Peace Pole is not a reality yet if one considers the current world affairs, and that it would be vital to treat all the refugees currently coming to Germany in a good way as they seek peace here.
The town’s Cultural Representative Mr Hubert Hierl said that Freisings first Peace Pole already “did its job.” The town’s 1st Peace Pole was planted on the property of a former Mosque, a place of great political controversy, but now after the Peace Pole planting the relationship between the town`s inhabitants and the Muslim’s living in Freising relaxed and is good now. The goals to have a 2nd Peace Pole were: To create a place for REFLECTION, a place for PRAYER and a place for CHANGE.
Local Societies attended the event with their flags; guests of the twin town in France joined the local participants.
The Peace Pole Planting was reported in the “Münchner Merkur”, a serious South German daily. District Administrator Hauner put the Peace Pole planting in his Facebook account.