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The “One Minute for Peace” initiative was launched by the International Forum Catholic Action (IFCA), the Argentinian Catholic Action, the Italian Catholic Action, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) and others, for the first time on June 6, 2014 at 1 pm, in support of the “Invocation for Peace” meeting, promoted by Pope Francis on June 8 in the Vatican Gardens together with the President of Israel (Simon Peres), the President of the Palestinian Authority (Maḥmūd ʿAbbās – Abu Mazen), and the Patriarch of Constantinople (Bartholomew I).
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O GOD, we cannot express what our minds barely comprehend
and our heart feel when we hear of men, women and children
deceived, transported to unknown places, forced into prostitution or other
forms of labour, for the financial gain of traffickers -their slaveholders.
Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights
are transgressed through threats, deception and force. We cry out
against this degrading practice of trafficking and pray for it to end.
Protect all potential victims especially our young and vulnerable.
Let Your tender love and care surround all present victims of trafficking.
Deliver them, O God, from the perpetrators’ hands. Give us the courage
and the wisdom to stand in solidarity with them, that together we will
find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen
(adapted from a prayer by G. Cassini.)