Church official joins appeal for minute of prayer for peace

May 9, 2024 - 4:08 PM
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An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has enjoined dioceses to dedicate a minute to reflect and pray for an end to wars that are plaguing the world.

Bishop Severo Caermare, chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECL), said this year’s “One Minute for Peace” is “urgently needed” for Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, and all over the world.”

“On June 8, 2024, at 1 p.m., let us organize to unite in prayer for peace,” said Caermare, calling it a “noble initiative”.

The global prayer initiative was launched for the first time in 2014 by the International Forum of Catholic Action (IFCA), of which the Council of the Laity of the Philippines (CLP) is a member.

The CLP or the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas is the lay arm of the ECL.

June 8 was chosen because it marked the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ meeting with late Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican.