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'One Minute for Peace,' Pope's Appeal for June 8th (Fifth Anniversary of Prayer for Peace in Vatican Gardens)

Remembers Historic Encounter With Presidents of Israel, Palestine, Patriarch Bartholomew, and Francis Himself

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An exhortation: dedicate a minute to peace, everyone ….
Pope Francis at the end of today’s General Audience, where he reflected on his May 31-June 2, 2019, Apostolic Trip to Romania, which ZENIT French journalist Anne Kurian followed from the Papal Flight, Francis made this appeal.
«Saturday, June 8,» Francis recalled, «will be the fifth anniversary of the meeting of the Israel and Palestinian Presidents with me and Patriarch Bartholomew here in the Vatican,» where they prayed in the Vatican Gardens in 2014 for peace.
«At 1 p.m.,» the Holy Father continued, «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.»
«International Catholic Action promotes this initiative,» he said.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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