Lo spirito di Assisi

Giustizia e Pace

12 Agosto 2022

Prayer for ten Mexican miners

10 miners in Mexico remain trapped in a flooded coal mine. Rescue services are not yet able to reach the 10 workers who have been trapped inside the mine since last week. The government ensures that the rescue activities keep going, although there are already four attempts they have made. Families of the miners are afraid of their beloved ones. Mexican authorities have tried to drain some of the water using dozens of pumps.

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12 Agosto 2022

Prayer for South Korea, France and Yemen

We pray for South Korea that experienced floods in the capital city and two neighboring provinces. At least 9 people were killed and thousands of homes were damaged by the heaviest rains in more than 100 years. The clean-up operation continued in the country while the railway and metro services were re-opened. We also keep praying for France, where more than 1000 firefighters are battling to stop the wildfire in the Gironde region.

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12 Agosto 2022

Prayer for Sierra Leone and Kenya

Let’s pray for Sierra Leone, where at least 12 people were killed during the protests which turned violent last week. People took to the streets to claim for better economic conditions and better government measures to control rising prices. We also pray for Kenya’s election that took place last week and there are not yet results about it. Although there is less tension in this election, the counting process is a worry and the expected votes can raise the prospect of unrest.

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7 Agosto 2022

Gratitude prayer for Pope Francis

We thank God for the visit of Pope Francis to Canada. The Holy Father expressed, during the General Audience on Wednesday, that this visit was a “penitential like no other”. During his catechesis, Pope Francis said the main motivation was to meet indigenous peoples to express his closeness and sorrow, and ask for forgiveness for the harm done to them by the Christians in the past. He said that the journey was undertaken in Canada to write a new page.

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7 Agosto 2022

Prayer for Ecuador

We thank God for the Episcopal Conference of Ecuador and some congregations who helped to mediate a dialogue between the Ecuadorian government and the representatives of the confederations and indigenous groups, which ended the 18 days of strike in the country. The national strike was a reaction to fuel and food prices, the protection of indigenous rights and the respect of their lands and territories. The head of the Episcopal Conference of Ecuador, Luis Cabrera, called for a truce and invited the protesters and government to negotiate.

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7 Agosto 2022

Prayer for Iran

Let’s pray for Iran where at least 69 people have died and 45 more are missing after floods and landslides hit most of the provinces in the country. 20000 houses have been affected by the mud. The flooding and landslides have been most deadly in the province of Tehran where 19 people died. Animals and livestock have also been affected and perished in the floods. Authorities warned people of more rain and to try to move from those dangerous places.

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1 Agosto 2022

Prayer for Mother Earth and all human beings

Many countries around the world are dealing with wildfires that are killing the flora and fauna in many territories. Droughts, excess heat and our activity as human beings have caused numbers of devastating wildfires, worsened by climate change. Many people have fled from their houses due to the flames. The world’s temperature continues to rise, while governments around the world are trying to find short-term solutions to deal with it. We pray together for our Mother Earth and all human beings.

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22 Luglio 2022

Prayer for the Climate Crisis

During the last weeks we have heard about droughts, fires, desertification, extreme temperatures and agricultural lands that have been affected by climate change in the North Hemisphere. The Southern Hemisphere is experiencing strong cold temperatures that are impacting areas which are not used to those low temperatures. Despite many international initiatives to tackle climate change, we need to continue asking our governments and ourselves how we can hear the cry of the Earth and the Poor clearly.

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22 Luglio 2022

Prayer for Panama

Panama, recognized as one of the richest countries in Central America, is experiencing national protests. The increase in prices for food, medicine and fuel generated citizen discontent and gave rise to other political and social demands. Teachers started the protest and other unions joined. The president decided to reduce fuel prices and announced that some food products would have a subsidy and a 10% reduction in expenditure. People did not consider those measures enough. On Tuesday, the government and some protest representatives agreed to dialogue about the basic claims.

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22 Luglio 2022

Prayer for Brazil

Let’s pray for Brazil where at least 18 people died in a police raid on Rio Favelas. According to the State Public Defender’s Office, there are signs of major human rights violations in the raid. A law enforcement officer and a woman from the place were among those who died, while it is presumed that the other 16 are members of organized crime groups. It is said that about 400 officers were involved with support from four aircraft and 10 armored vehicles. The government supports the actions.

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