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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Cardinal Cormac: 'say a prayer for trade justice'
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┬áThe Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, has called on the Catholic community to spend a moment praying for the participants in the forthcoming World Trade Organisation summit in Mexico on 10 September so that they may be open to the voice of the world's poor in their deliberations on Trade Justice. The Cardinal said: "On 10 September representatives of the world's richest nations will be gathering for the World Trade Organisation's summit in Canc˙n. "Too often in our world it is money that talks loudest. With so much at stake for the poorest nations in the forthcoming WTO negotiations, it is important that we join with those who have no voice to press the case for economic and social justice. "Many organisations and individuals, including the bishops, have already made representations to the UK government on the question of trade justice, but as we approach the summit, I would urge members of the Catholic community to take a few moments to pray for the delegates, and in particular the UK and EU representatives, so that they may be open to the needs of the poor and the dispossessed. The following prayer has been suggested by CAFOD: "We pray for the Church throughout the world that it may be a living example of a loving community, and a voice for those who are hungry for food and for justice. We pray for the world's leaders, that they may work to overcome the barriers between peoples and foster a spirit of global community in a world where no one has to experience poverty or hunger . We pray for ourselves, that we may have the courage to be witnesses to the power of sharing and to the values of global community." Source: Archbishops House
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