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Praying for Peace

‘I pray to the Lord that the hopes for a future of peace and more brotherly friendship will not be disappointed’.

Pope Francis prayed that the hopes for peace strengthened by the meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea will not be dashed, and he urged Catholics during the month of May to pray the rosary for peace.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a “courageous commitment” April 27 to ongoing dialogue to achieve “a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons,” Pope Francis said April 29 after leading some 30,000 people in praying the “Regina Coeli.”

“I pray to the Lord that the hopes for a future of peace and more brotherly friendship will not be disappointed and that the collaboration may continue bringing good fruits for the beloved Korean people and the whole world,” the pope said.

Noting that May is a month the Catholic Church dedicates to Mary in a special way, Pope Francis told the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square that he would begin the month with a visit to Rome’s Shrine of Divine Love and lead a recitation of the rosary there.

“We will recite the rosary praying particularly for peace in Syria and the whole world,” the pope said. “I invite you to spiritually join me and to prolong for the whole month of May praying the rosary for peace.”

One Community

Inter-relatedness is at the heart of the mystery of God.
Diversity of persons, interdependence and intimate union flourish within Trinitarian life.
We are one community with all creation, part of the exuberant universe teeming with novelty and diversity.
Together we emerge out of the fullness of God’s love.

Each created being images God in its own particular way.
Extinction of any one deletes a self-expression of God forever.
What differentiates us is not our superiority, but our God-given capacity for interpersonal relationships,
our capacity to consciously praise and thank God,
our capacity to partner with God compassionately, in relating to all creatures as God does.

 

(the above quotation is extract from a writing by Catherine Shelton rsj – ‘One Community’, that appeared originally in ‘Tui Motu’ magazine, and in ‘Praying Our Journey – A Resource for Prayer & Reflection’ prepared by the Nano Nagle Commission, sponsored by the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Congregation Leadership Team).

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