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Wave Of Prayer Circles the Globe As Catholics Pray to End Hunger

December 11, 2013 by

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and University President John Garvey, along with Catholic University of America trustees and others, gather in prayer at the campus prayer service for the Wave of Prayer. Photo courtesy of Ed Pfueller/The Catholic University of America

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and University President John Garvey, along with Catholic University of America trustees and others, gather in prayer at the campus prayer service for the Wave of Prayer. Photo courtesy of Ed Pfueller/The Catholic University of America

On the same day that the Vatican introduced a new anti-hunger campaign, called “One Human Family, Food For All,” Catholics around the world participated in a Wave of Prayer yesterday on behalf of the 842 million people in the world who do not have enough to eat. The goal of the campaign, which is sponsored by Caritas Internationalis and supported by Caritas members like Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, is to end world hunger.

Starting at noon on the island of Samoa and moving through countries around the world at noon in each local time zone, the wave of prayer finished 24 hours later when it again reached Samoa, encircling the globe.

Catholic Relief Services staff in Kenya join together for the Wave of Prayer. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

Catholic Relief Services staff in Kenya join together for the Wave of Prayer. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

Events held in the United States included Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, leading students and faculty at Catholic University of America in the global campaign’s prayer to end world hunger. Staff at Catholic Relief Services’ headquarters in Baltimore gathered to pray for the people we serve worldwide every day, while others prayed at the Basillica in Baltimore. More broadly, Catholic Charities USA had Wave of Prayer events planned in every state in the U.S.

Worldwide, Catholic Relief Services staff in many of our country programs joined together in prayer. This map provides a visual of where the known prayer events took place.

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Chairman of Catholic Relief Services, endorsed the campaign and said, “Nearly one person in eight does not get enough to eat every day; yet the world produces enough food for everyone. This is the scandal that our hunger campaign is urgently calling us to address.”

Catholic Relief Services staff gather together in prayer in the world headquarters in Baltimore, MD. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

Catholic Relief Services staff gather together in prayer in the world headquarters in Baltimore, MD. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

The “One Human Family, Food For All” campaign will continue for the next 18 months, with additional events planned around the world.

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