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Friday, February 24, 2017
Australian bishops urge prayers for rain
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¬†After an official drought was declared in many parts of Australia, the bishops there have expressed their solidarity with affected communities and issued a call to prayer. In a statement issued during their meeting in Sidney this week, they said: "We the Catholic Bishops of Australia stand in solidarity with all our brothers and sisters who are being so adversely affected by drought. "We recognise the courageous perseverance of so many Australians who have chosen to remain on the land, and for those who continue to live in rural communities." In New South Wales and Queensland more than 60 per cent of farmers face drought conditions and the other states are only marginally better off. The Bishops said: "Whilst some areas of Australia are rejoicing in plentiful rain ≠ at this moment we call on all Australians to join with us in an act of faith and trust in God, who provides for all our needs." The Bishops issued a suggested form of words for the prayer: "Lord God, creator of the world with all its seasons, we ask that you would hear our urgent prayer for life-giving rains for our country. Amen." Source: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference/Church Resources
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