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Pope invites world to join him for one hour of prayer

VATICAN (AsiaNews): For the first time in history, thousands and thousands of cathedrals, monasteries and parishes around the world tuned in live to Pope Francis in Rome for one hour of Eucharistic adoration on the afternoon of Sunday, June 2.

The adoration service began at 5.00pm Rome time in St. Peter’s Basilica, or 11.00pm in Hong Kong.

“It will be an hour of prayer full of fellowship and support to the faith of all, a worldwide Eucharistic adoration for the Year of Faith,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella and Archbishop José Octavio Ruiz Arenas, the president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation, which organised the holy hour in the Vatican, explained prior to the event.

The two bishops also presented the worldwide hour of Eucharistic adoration as being built around Pope Paul II’s 1995 document called a Day Celebrating the Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), under the title, By believing may they have life, centred on the promotion, respect and defence of the dignity of human life.

Prior to the event, Pope Francis published his intentions for this hour of prayer.

» For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity.

» May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his word in order to stand before the world ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.

» That through her faithful announcement, the word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering, giving back joy and serenity.

» For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running and slave labour. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence.

» For all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations, above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners and those who experience marginalisation. That the Church’s prayer and its active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and courage in defending human dignity.

Pope Francis prayed for the dead, the wounded and the victims of the madness of war.

“It is the suicide of humanity, because it kills the heart, it kills precisely that which is the message of the Lord; it kills love! Because war comes from hatred, from envy, from desire for power and we’ve seen it many times—it comes from that hunger for more power,” the pope said.

He added that through history, people have always tried to solve problems with war, because money is more important than people to them.

“It is an act of faith in money,” he noted, “in idols, in idols of hatred, in the idol that leads to the killing of your brother, which leads to killing love.”


Pope Francis concluded, “Today we can hear his voice, it is God the Father who weeps, crying for this madness of ours.”

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