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Pope Francis. General Audience 07.06.2023:
«Tomorrow, at 1 p.m., Catholic Action International suggests that believers of various denominations and religions gather in prayer, dedicating ‘One Minute for Peace.’ Let us accept this invitation, praying for an end to the wars in the world and especially for the dear and tormented Ukraine.»
May the united prayer for peace of more than 8 million women be heard this October!
Given the recent events in the Middle East, the war that continues in Ukraine and the armed confrontations throughout the world, let us join the plea of Pope Francis who, with great pain, tells us: “Please stop the attacks and the weapons! Let it be understood that terrorism and war do not lead to any solution. Every war is a defeat…”
On June 8th at 1 pm, we invite everyone: Catholics, Christians of different denominations, believers of the many religions, men and women of goodwill, to get together to pray and work for peace all over the world, especially in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians and in Myanmar.
For the month of February, the Pope has decided to pray for women who are victims of violence. Luckily this monthly intention is in line with our 3rd resolution "LET US ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN", which we have adopted for this year's prayer intention and WUCWO Day.
For June 8, 2020 it’s up to us, even in this time of the Pandemic!
Once again, we share with FIAC the One Minute for Peace campaign.
In the difficult situation we are living because of the pandemic, what does it mean to pray, to stop for a minute for peace? What does it mean to nurture hope?
at this very special time, the WUCWO Executive Committee and I would like to propose a ROSARY to be prayed ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, which will keep us particularly united in prayer as WUCWO women during this pandemic.
From all continents, we joined the Pope in the extraordinary moment of prayer in this time of pandemics, last March 27th, in St. Peter's Square. It was a historical event in which Pope Francis united all humanity in his prayer and granted, to all those who wished it, the immense gift of the plenary indulgence.
Video message of our President General for the 8th of February 2020, International Day of prayer and awareness against Human Trafficking.
8 February 2020: Prayer vigil against Human Trafficking.
Prayer vigil organized by the International Coordination Committee of the IDPAAHT.
ONE MINUTE FOR PEACE 2019: on June 8 at 1 p.m. we take up the appeal of the Document on “Human fraternity for world peace and living together” signed in Abu Dhabi on february 2019 by Pope Francis and by the Great Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb.
The “One Minute for Peace” initiative was launched by the International Forum Catholic Action (IFCA), the Argentinian Catholic Action, the Italian Catholic Action, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) and others, for the first time on June 6, 2014 at 1 pm, in support of the “Invocation for Peace” meeting, promoted by Pope Francis on June 8 in the Vatican Gardens together with the President of Israel (Simon Peres), the President of the Palestinian Authority (Maḥmūd ʿAbbās – Abu Mazen), and the Patriarch of Constantinople (Bartholomew I).
Please, pray with us and spread this campaign within your organisations, across your countries, and through social media by sharing this flyer.
Thank you very much.
O GOD, we cannot express what our minds barely comprehend
and our heart feel when we hear of men, women and children
deceived, transported to unknown places, forced into prostitution or other
forms of labour, for the financial gain of traffickers -their slaveholders.
Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights
are transgressed through threats, deception and force. We cry out
against this degrading practice of trafficking and pray for it to end.
Protect all potential victims especially our young and vulnerable.
Let Your tender love and care surround all present victims of trafficking.
Deliver them, O God, from the perpetrators’ hands. Give us the courage
and the wisdom to stand in solidarity with them, that together we will
find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen
(adapted from a prayer by G. Cassini.)