First World Day for Social Justice: a prayer network on February 20

Rome (Agenzia Fides) – On February 20, many countries of the world will celebrate the first World Day for Social Justice, instituted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. The “Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation” Commission of the USG/USIG (Unions of Superiors and Superior Generals of Religious Institutes) have written a message expressing their hope that all consecrated persons, men and women, from all over the world will be aware of this Day and unite themselves in a common prayer for Peace and Justice. In the letter written by the “Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation” Commission presenting the initiative, the religious say: “we feel the need to contribute as a group, with decided effort, in the cause for justice and peace, and to demand that our governors assume responsibility in all their international affairs.” In promotion of the initiative, the commission has prepared prayers inspired by the Catholic Church's Social Doctrine. The text is open to changing, according to the various situations and cultures: in art, song, and other modes of interpretation. The Commission invites the religious to verify the operation of their own governors, that they may create concrete initiatives in building a “society for everyone,” as is established in the resolution with which the World Day of Social Justice is instituted. They themselves have promised to promote greater equality in salaries and access to resources and equal opportunity among all people. The hope is that the first “World Day for Social Justice” may be celebrated with activities, creative ideas, and real openness to hope. (DV) (Agenzia Fides 19/2/2009)

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