Church holds historic simultaneous global hour of prayer today


The Catholic Church is synchronising an unprecedented global hour of prayer and eucharistic adoration from 5.00pm to 6.00pm Rome time or 11.00pm to midnight Malaysian time.

Cathedrals and parishes around the world are expected to join in with synchronised prayer services and adoration of the presence of Jesus in the eucharist.

The hour of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament marks the Feast of the Body of Christ or Corpus Christi.

Pope Francis has chosen a specific prayer intention for each half of the prayer hour.

The first half hour will see prayers for the church and for integrity and unity in its mission:

For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ‘ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.’ That through her faithful announcement, the Word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering, giving back joy and serenity.

The second half hour will be devoted to prayer for all who suffer, whether through violence in any form or through economic exploitation and marginalisation:

For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running, and slave labour. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence. Also, for all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations, above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners, and those who experience marginalisation. That the Church’s prayer and its active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and courage in defending human dignity.

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  1. Pope Francis met Tuesday with religious leaders from around the world in the Italian town of Assisi, where he condemned increasingly prevalent religious violence in the world.

    Francis told the leaders from several religions that “there is no God of war,” and that it is important they tell their followers to pray for peace.

    “As we pray today, it would be good if we all felt shame, shame that humans, our brothers and sisters, are capable of doing this,” the Catholic leader said.

    While he acknowledged that Western nations have seen recent attacks against their citizens, he said it is “nothing” compared to the fighting in the Middle East “where day and night, bombs fall.”

    The pope arrived in Assisi Tuesday morning for the World Day of Prayer event and was scheduled to have lunch with 10 war victims before meeting one-on-one with fellow Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist leaders later in the day.

    All assembled religious leaders will separate to pray on their own before meeting again Tuesday night for a ceremony in Assisi’s main square where the pope will speak and pray for war victims.

  2. I am very impress with persona of this new Pontiff and I pray he will take Catholicism to its original essence of its inception and gave it the glory and fame it once held in its Followers minus the Inquisitions and the Crusades! There are now to many massacres and human annihilation without the bereft of Religion and postulation of God!
    In MALAYSIA the controversy on the use of the word `Allah ‘ has split Muslims into diverging camps and has led to dissensions going into the Polls!
    Only the Pope can help to assuage the Fears of Malaysian Muslims especially when the Malay language in all its levels of Education/ As a result English is only the second Language!
    The local Christian clerics feel the need to preach to their flocks Indonesian translations of the Bibles because this was already done in Sabah and Sarawak!
    The initiative by the Catholic Church is a welcome respite from the unrests, butchery and wars on-going in several peace-starved countries of the world under the various guises and excuses of maintaining world peace and order by not only CHRISTIAN,but MUSLIM, JEWISH,and ATHEIST leaders!
    For all victimised masses,,the colonised, the,persecuted for their minority and religious adherance, the ethnic cleansing and refugees of political wars, may God answer these fervent prayers for their miserable state of existence! For some, it has been over 65 years!
    May God Bless Pope Francis with good health and revolutionary Visions, a welcome change of the pontificate from its past faces to the Catholic World!


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