Pope Francis has invited faithful to participate in the “Minute for Peace” on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 1 p.m., in memory of the meeting of the Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican Gardens with the Pope and with Patriarch Bartholomew I, to pray together for peace on June 8, 2014.
“At 1 p.m., tomorrow,” the Pope said in Italian during his General Audience of this Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Saint Peter’s Square, “the initiative ‘One Minute for Peace’ is being taken up again in different countries. A moment of prayer on the anniversary of the meeting in the Vatican between me, the late Israeli President Peres, and Palestinian President Abbas,” the Pope recalled.
“There is so much need, in our time, for praying – Christians, Jews and Muslims – for peace,” the Pope insisted.
“A Moment for Peace” calls for prayer and peacemaking on the third anniversary of the Vatican ‘Prayer for Peace’ meeting.
Participants are invited to interrupt their daily activities and dedicate a minute to reflect and pray according to their religious tradition for peace in the world.
This ‘minute’ can be done individually or in groups, in the street or in the church, in family, at school or in the workplace, said a statement of the organizers.
The initiative is promoted by the National Commission for Justice and Peace, the ‘Catholic Action’ of Argentina, as well as the Department of Laity, the Episcopal Commission for ecumenism, relations with Judaism, Islam and other religions, in communion along with the Argentine Episcopal Conference.
On an international level, the initiative is supported by the International Forum of Catholic Action and the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations.