POPE FRANCIS AND THE ‘WAVE OF PRAYER’
December 6, 2013
Pope Francis will launch a
global wave of prayer
on December 10 to end world hunger. Starting at
Noon on the Pacific Island of Samoa and
cascading around the world through all times
zones, the wave will pass through our diocese at
Noon and then return to Samoa 24 hours later.
The wave of prayer is the first step in a wider
campaign against world hunger which affects over
842 million people around the world. This
campaign is sponsored by Caritas
Internationalis, and supported by CRS and
Catholic Charities USA.
Many of you know that I serve on bishops’
committees put in place for service to the
world-wide Church. Two of the committees more
pertinent to my message today are Catholic Rural
and Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
is the world-wide charitable organization of the
Church specifically formed to assist in
emergency and disaster relief efforts. You know
of CRS’s charitable outreach in areas such as
Haiti and, most recently, in the Philippines.
Catholic Rural Life (CRL),
of course, is significant for life in our
diocese because so many of our communities are
dependent on farming and related agricultural
activities. Some of the many activities CRL is
involved with include supporting a new Farm Bill
and expressing concerns about some mining and
sand fracking matters. I hope you’ll take some
time and follow the links to learn more about
these two Catholic organizations and their
incredibly good works.
Pope Francis will join Catholics and members of
other faiths around the world using the power of
prayer to raise awareness that hunger is
unacceptable and can be defeated. For seventy
years, CRS has been answering the call to combat
hunger globally helping 26 million people around
the world to feed themselves.
If you are thinking of Christmas gifts or
planning Christmas parties or dinners, might I
suggest that you consider checking out the
website for the Pope’s Global Wave and perhaps
offer assistance as you are able
Please remember that here in the Diocese of La
Crosse, I am inviting you to pray to end hunger
on December 10, at 12 Noon—maybe before lunch.
Blessed Second Sunday of Advent!