CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 19 January 2019

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Praying with Assisi

HONG KONG (SE): On September 30, Pope Francis was to journey to Assisi in Italy to join with leaders of world religions to pray for world peace.

The question that participants were asked to address during the choral prayer at Assisi this year was, “What are the principles acknowledged by all religions for peaceful coexistence? What contribution to politics, science and culture in general can we propose to draft a Decalogue of Human Coexistence?”

The Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, asked for dioceses the world over to celebrate a special Day of Prayer for Peace to join in the spirit of the gathering at Assisi.

An announcement from the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, issued on September 14 said that because of the short notice of the request from the Vatican, it was not possible to organise a formal function at the diocesan or parish level.

However, he encouraged everyone in the diocese to join with the pope and others gathered at Assisi in praying especially for peace in the world today.

The gathering at Assisi was instituted by Pope John Paul II on 22 October 1986. He again asked people to gather to pray for the end of the war in Bosnia in 1993 and in 2002 to discourage people from making religion a motive for conflict in the 21st century.


“We need to pray for peace. Following the example of St. Francis, of brotherhood and meekness, we are all called to offer to the world a strong testimony of our common commitment to peace and reconciliation among peoples.  Tuesday we should all unite in prayer; each person choosing a particular time,” Pope Francis said on September 14.

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