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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

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.

At General Audience, Pope Thanks the Lord for His Visit to Romania

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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