G20 Action by Churches

The Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane’s Justice and Peace Commission is encouraging Catholics to join other Christian Churches in prayer vigils at the time of the G20 Summit. They explain:

In the lead up to this G 20 Summit the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has joined with Queensland Churches Together in prayer vigils to pray for those whose voices need to be heard if there is to be economic justice in the world . In addition, Christians will be asked to consider fasting from food or something else important to them and praying for the needs of marginalised people and the earth from the morning of Saturday 15 November to the afternoon of Sunday 16 November. A prayer service to mark the conclusion of this period of fasting will take place on Sunday 16 November.

They share the concerns expressed by Pope Francis in this letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott as Chair of the G20 Summit:

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Commission Chair Rick Sheehan said:
“At the centre of economic principles and policy must be people’s wellbeing through a more inclusive economy that welcomes the participation of the poor, which honours the dignity of all people, improves the quality of life for women and children, promotes access to decent and quality jobs for all and promotes access to education.

It is hoped that through this G20 Summit the voices of the world’s most vulnerable are heard – child workers, trafficked women, Indigenous peoples, refugees, those living with hunger and poverty, those without work, Pacific Islanders whose homes are being inundated by rising seas and many more. Such an inclusive economy must also hear the cry of the earth for justice.

The leaders gathering at this G20 Summit not only have an economic imperative but have a deeply moral imperative and that moral imperative is not only to respond to the voices of the world’s poor but to invite and welcome them in to the centre of the deliberations and actions.”

You can use this prayer resource to join in.

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