Time to Shake the World and End Hunger

Today Pope Francis launched a wave of prayer, as part of a global campaign against hunger. He is calling us to prayer and action on behalf of “the God-given right of everyone to have access to adequate food.”

From CRS:

At noon local time, a global wave of prayer will begin on the island of Samoa and will progress around the world until it reaches the same island some 24 hours and more than 164 countries later.

Please join us wherever you are by reciting (the prayer below) at noon your local time, and please invite others to join you.

Pope Francis, who seems to be making food security a top priority, said:

“We are in front of a global scandal of around one billion people…one billion people who still suffer from hunger today. We cannot look the other way and pretend that this does not exist. The food available in the world is enough to feed everyone.”

He continued:

“I invite all of the institutions of the world, the Church, each of us, as one single human family, to give a voice to all of those who suffer silently from hunger, so that this voice becomes a roar which can shake the world.”

We encourage you to join us at noon in prayer. You can also connect to others on social media using #Food4All. The scandal of people suffering and dying from hunger must come to an end. Let’s do whatever we can to make that happen. I don’t think it’s too naive to suggest we can make a real difference if we come together on this critical issue.

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Official Prayer:

O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.

You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and resurrection, we have been formed into one human family.

Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food — even transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that served five thousand and many more.

We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in this global family.

Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of business, as well as all the world’s citizens, to find just, and charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people enjoy the right to food.

Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for Divine Judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as “One Human Family” with “Food for All”. Amen.