Catholic Engagement with the United Nations
UN MEETING: POPE FRANCIS CALLS US TO PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS
This past week the General Assembly of the United Nations opened the 72 session with a meeting of all the world leaders. While this was going on Pope Francis made a special request for the world leaders: “I ask you this favor: every one of you take five minutes, no more. If you are a leader, ask yourself: ‘Do I pray to the One who gave me power through the people?’”
Pope Francis reminds those of us who are not leaders that we are called to accompany our elected officials with our prayer, even if they do “bad things”. In those instances, he suggests that we may need to pray more fervently and perhaps offer penance for leaders who are in need of spiritual reorientation.
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BISHOP BARRES KEYNOTE MEDITATION AT THE UNITED NATIONS SEPT. 11 PRAYER SERVICE
The following is an excerpt of our own Bishop Barres’ 9-11 prayer at the opening service of the 72 session of the UN General Assembly. The theme was “Focusing on People: Striving for peace and a decent life for all.”
As we come together tonight in prayer on the vigil of the beginning of the 72nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, we ask God to bless the efforts of all those associated with the UN to advance human dignity and the human rights that flow from it, to protect us and the world from the scourge of war and environmental destruction, and to lift up all those who are on the margins. We ask him to bestow on us wisdom, prudence, perseverance and integrity, to give us courage not to give up when we encounter obstacles and mercifully to draw long-term good even from our failures. We ask him in a special way to grant the leaders and all those who work at or for the United Nations, the gift of compassion and passion, so that, like Archbishop Romero, hearing the cries of the poor, needy and abandoned, they may live up to the high hope the peoples of the world place in them and, indeed, lead the way to a more united, fraternal, just and merciful world.
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