Earlier this evening in Rome I received the following request for prayers from Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of U.S. Operations for Catholic Relief Services. Your prayers, and those of all the faithful in the diocese, will be most appreciated. I have attached a prayer service and petitions provided by CRS. I would also encourage you to consider offering a daily Mass in the near future, using the readings of the day, “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice” (no. 30 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions). Here is Ms. Rosenhauer's message:
Dear CRS Partners:
Your prayers are needed for peace in Sudan and South Sudan!
Southern Sudan became the world’s newest nation after a referendum that was, against all odds, peaceful and orderly. It is a testimony to the power of prayer and the will of people who insisted that a peaceful future is possible for this war-torn region. You were among them. Your prayer, your advocacy and your support for peacebuilding efforts in Sudan were an essential part of the global effort that worked.
But the hope and progress could be erased if the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan are not settled. Escalating violence is threatening the future of South Sudan and ongoing conflict in Darfur, as well as along the border of Sudan and South Sudan--in Abyei, the Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile--is jeopardizing stability for all of the Sudanese people. We are asking again for your prayers for all the people of Sudan.
Thank you for everything you do for our brothers and sisters around the world and your continued prayers for the people of Sudan and South Sudan.
Peace & Blessings,