Pope Francis has appealed for prayers and international participation in the “One Minute for Peace” initiative to be held Thursday, 8 June, at 1:00 PM Rome time (12 noon local time).
He said the initiative represents “a short moment of prayer on the recurrence of the meeting in the Vatican between me, the mourned Israeli President Peres, and the Palestinian President Abbas”.
Their encounter took place in the Vatican Gardens on 8 June 2014, during which the three men prayed together for peace.
The Holy Father said, “In our days, there is a great need to pray – Christians, Jews, and Muslims – for peace.”
His appeal came at the conclusion of his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.