Sydney (Agenzia Fides) – The Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia (Catholic Mission) have launched a worldwide prayer vigil for the victims of the fires that are sweeping across the nation (see Fides 10/2/2009). The prayer vigil will unite the offices located all over the world, all the volunteers, collaborators, and any one who would like to participate in the event.
The Australian National office of Catholic Mission has been inundated with emails, phone calls and letters from many of the 160 partner countries through Asia, Aftica, Europe, the Pacific and the Americas with expressions of prayer and solidarity.
An estimated million people are expected to join in the prayer, which will take place at different times in different places, depending on the country and coordinated by the local PMS offices.
Martin Teulan, layman and Catholic Mission’s National Director said: “World Youth Day in Australia showed us the vastness of the Catholic Church and the richness of faith around the world. We are an international community of Catholics who help each in time of need and who will now want to help Australians rebuild their homes and their hearts through solidarity in prayer. We are sure that a Million prayers will lift the spirit of the victims.” (PA) (Agenzia Fides 12/2/2009)