MANILA - Pope Francis has invited people from various religions to join him in a minute of prayer for peace on Thursday, 1 p.m., to mark the third anniversary of his historic meeting with the late Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis invited the faithful to join the "One Minute for Peace" initiative saying, “in our days, there is a great need to pray — Christians, Jews and Muslims — for peace.”
Pope Francis made the invitation on Wednesday before concluding his weekly general audience. The pontiff, Peres, and Abbas met and prayed for peace at the Vatican Gardens on June 8, 2014.
Church-run Radio Veritas also called on Filipinos to join prayers for peace.
The call from the Catholic church leader comes amid a three-week conflict in Marawi, a southern city in the Philippines, where the military and terrorists continue to engage in war.
It also comes amid a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Arab states, after the latter accused the former of supporting terrorist group ISIS.