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Pray for Peace in Sudan

The Sudanese Catholic Bishops Conference encourages everyone to join in the 101 Days of Prayer for Peace in Sudan from September 21, 2010 to January 1, 2011. After almost half-a-century of civil war, a referendum will be held on January 9, 2011 to determine if northern and southern Sudan will become two separate countries.

Solidarity with Southern Sudan and Catholic Relief Service have teamed together to launch this prayer campaign. As the Sudanese people prepare for this historic event, let us pray each day for a peaceful referendum. Following is the Prayer for Peace in Sudan:

Lord Jesus, you said to us;
“I leave you peace. My peace I give you.”
Look upon us your sisters and brothers in Sudan as we face this moment of referendum.
Send us your Spirit to guide us.
Give us the wisdom we need to choose our future where we will know your
true peace.
You call us out of slavery, oppression, and persecution so that we may have life in abundance.
Grant us peace with one another.
Give peace among ethnic groups.
Help us to work together for the good of all.
We ask this in your name, Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Brother Bill Firman (PARC), who leads the education efforts in Southern Sudan, shares his experiences at the march marking the launch of the 101 Days of Prayer on September 21.