International Peace Day was celebrated at Nazareth with simultaneous prayers at the peace pole and in St. Vincent. This year’s theme was Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. At the peace pole, about a half dozen Montessori children sang, Light A Candle for Peace. The prayer, present on last week’s Newsline, shared several quotes from Peace on Earth (Pacem in Terris) written by Pope John XXIII.

“Guide us to respect the basic rights of every human being and our responsibility to support these rights to basic social needs for all members of the global community.”

“Guide us to be in solidarity with those who struggle for their rights as citizens and to speak out for them. Allow our actions to demonstrate safety and care for one another.”

“We long for peace in our troubled world, may we heed Pope Francis’ call to look at others as a part of the “we” not as “us and them” and to participate in “dialogue as the school of humanity.””

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