Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson will be among Dublin faith leaders who gather online at noon today for a special prayer service.
The service is a response to an appeal made by Pope Francis. Speaking on 3 May, the Pope announced that “[He had] accepted the proposal of the ‘Higher Committee for Human Fraternity’ for believers of all religions to unite spiritually this 14 May for a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic”.
The “Higher Committee for Human Fraternity” was established at a Conference held in February 2019 on the occasion of the visit Pope Francis and His Eminence Dr Ahmad At-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif to the United Arab Emirates to discuss the promotion of human fraternity and world peace.
The Dublin service will be coordinated by Mr Adrian Cristea of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum. The following faith groups will take part:
Bahá’í Community – Ms Alison Wortley
Zen Buddhism Community – Rev Hodo
Dublin Archdiocese –
– Most Revd Dr Diarmuid Martin
– Castleknock Parish – Fr Kieran Coughlan
Church of Ireland – Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson
Lutheran Church in Ireland – Ps Stephan Arras
Hindu Community – Swami Purnananda Puri
Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland – Imam Hussein Halawa
-Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre – Imam Ali Al Saleh
Dublin Hebrew Congregation – Rabbi Zalman Lent
-Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation – Ms Hilary Abrahamson
Sikh Community – Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar – Dr Jasbir Singh Puri
The service will start at 12.00 noon sharp and will be streamed live on Dublin City Interfaith Forum’s Facebook page:
Please note the photo illustrating this story is from the Good Friday 2019 walk of witness through Dublin.