Vatican City - "Saturday, June 8, will be the fifth anniversary of the meeting of the Israel and Palestinian Presidents with me and Patriarch Bartholomew here in the Vatican. At 1 p.m. we are invited to dedicate ‘a minute to peace’ – of prayer, for believers, of reflection, for those who do not believe -: all together for a more fraternal world. Thanks to the international Catholic Action that promotes this initiative". These are the words pronounced by Pope Francis yesterday, at the end of the general audience, to commemorate the initiative.
Also this year, recalling that meeting for reconciliation in 2014, the International Forum for Catholic Action , the Union of Catholic Women's Organizations , the Italian Catholic Action, the Argentine Catholic Action and the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Argentine Bishops' Conference, ask their members to pause to dedicate a minute to prayer, calling for an end to conflicts that cause death and despair to the peoples of the world. "Wherever you are, at 1.00 pm on June 8th, pause, bow your head and pray for peace" is the simple invitation to women and men of good will in 30 different languages.
According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, on 8 June at 1 pm, at the "Hogar niņo Dios" in Bethlehem, the reception centre for abandoned children or the disabled, built near the Basilica of the Nativity at the beginning of the Second Intifada, young volunteers of "Al vedere la stella", will gather in prayer.
At the same time, at the foot of the Black Madonna of the Shrine of Częstochowa, the Catholic Action of Poland will stop to pray for peace on the occasion of its annual pilgrimage. The young people of the Catholic Action of Venezuela will stop to pray with people in difficulty with whom they share the food of the Olla Solidaria De Comida in some suburbs of the country, starting from Caracas. In Bujumbura one can pray for peace by connecting to Radio Maria Burundi, which will broadcast the Holy Mass celebrated by the national assistant of Catholic Catholic Action of Burundi, Father Salvatore Niciterense. >>