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Giustizia e Pace

17 Settembre 2022

Prayer for peace in Azerbaijan and Armenia

Let’s pray for the border clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia. At least 176 soldiers have been killed in two days of fighting. The tension between both countries can widen the high geopolitical tensions. The ceasefire brokered by Russia on Tuesday failed and both countries blame each other for the attacks. The past attempts to dialogue and find a diplomatic solution have not been enough and the situation at the border increases the fear for the people in the territories.

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17 Settembre 2022

Prayer for the cry of the poor

Let’s make our efforts to hear the cry of the poor. According to the United Nations Food Chief, the world is facing an unprecedented global food emergency. More than 345 million people are experiencing starvation, including 70 million due to the war in Ukraine. The UN chief stated that there is a real and dangerous risk of multiple famines this year. Countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, northeastern Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Yemen are the most at risk areas.

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10 Settembre 2022

Gratitude prayer for Yasmeen Lari of Pakistan

The first ever female architect in Pakistan is helping people affected by their floods disaster through relief housing. Yasmeen Lari, 81 years old, is making bamboo huts for Pakistanis stricken by floods. It is a low cost idea, with low carbon impact and a shelter for people who have lost their homes. We thank God for these bottom up initiatives to support Pakistan, while we keep praying and doing all our efforts to send international assistance for those who are suffering from this tragedy.

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10 Settembre 2022

Prayer for Sr. Maria De Coppi and the Mozambique religious community

Let’s offer our prayers for Sr Maria De Coppi, 83 years old, an Italian Comboni Missionary who was shot by terrorists in the Catholic Mission of Chipene, Mozambique. The environment in Nampula Province is one of sorrow and uncertainty since terrorists last week attacked a nearby town of Odinepa. According to Archbishop Inácio Saúre, they are afraid that another strike will happen in other places of the Archdiocese. We pray for the Mozambique people and all the religious people, especially the Comboni Missionaries, who are ministering in the area.

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10 Settembre 2022

Prayer for South Korea

Let’s pray for the South Koreans who early this week were affected by Typhoon Hinnamnor, one of the strongest cyclonic storms. Landslides and floods caused 10 people to die and 4700 people evacuated. Around 90.000 households lost power and 12.000 houses and buildings were destroyed.

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2 Settembre 2022

Gratitude prayer for Gabon

Gabon hosts the Africa Climate Week and sets an example of how to preserve the Congo Basin Rainforest. The tropical rainforest in this tiny country is considered the world’s second-largest one after the Amazon. Even though the area was threatened from logging and other illegal activities, Gabon has preserved it through satellite imagery and environment first policies. Between 2010 and 2020 Gabon was able to stop forest loss which represented only 0,1% per year. This allows forests to regenerate.

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2 Settembre 2022

Prayer for the Brazilian Amazon rainforest

The Brazilian Amazon rainforest has been hit strongly by fires more than at any point in nearly five years, worsened by illegal deforestation. Satellites have detected more than 33,000 fires in the area. The fires can be caused by groups who use the space for cattle to graze. Environmental land defenders and indigenous groups are trying to protect the area. However, they face violence and suppression.

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2 Settembre 2022

Prayer for Pakistan and Sudan

We keep in our prayers Pakistani people affected by the monsoon floods. The health official reported an outbreak of waterborne diseases in areas. The authorities are trying to put all their efforts into ensuring clean drinking water for people affected. A similar situation is happening in Sudan, where floods left 100 dead and many people homeless. 15 out of 18 provinces are affected, impacting at least 238.000 people, who are worried about the diseases that water can bring.

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29 Agosto 2022

Prayer for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

We pray for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Rohingya people are an ethnic minority that has been persecuted for a long time. The conditions in which people live are squalid and limited from education, work and travel. 5 years ago, a military operation forced more than 740.000 Rohingya to flee and now they are struggling to survive in Bangladesh and with few possibilities to be safe if they return home. The Bangladesh government has become more inhospitable to the refugees, alleging that it generates a flagging economy in the country.

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29 Agosto 2022

Prayer for Pakistan and Afghanistan

We pray for Pakistan and Afghanistan that during the last weeks have experienced strong floods that have been affecting thousands of people. According to the Pakistani authorities, the floods have left thousands of people without food and shelter. More than 900 people were killed and authorities have asked for international support. In Afghanistan, 180 people have been killed and 250 injured. Houses and livestock have been destroyed, worsening the economic and humanitarian crisis of the country. These natural disasters have increased due to climate change.

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