Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Friday, May 6, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

Mt Angel Towers 8.13

Home : News : Nation and World
'Wave of prayer' to end world hunger sweeps over nation's capital
Catholic News Service photo
A young woman prays next to students and clergymen during a Dec. 10 prayer service to end world hunger at Caldwell Chapel on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington. According to Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federatio n of Catholic charities, about one in eight people experienced chronic hunger or undernourishment during 2010-2012. 
Catholic News Service photo
A young woman prays next to students and clergymen during a Dec. 10 prayer service to end world hunger at Caldwell Chapel on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington. According to Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federatio n of Catholic charities, about one in eight people experienced chronic hunger or undernourishment during 2010-2012. 
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — The global "wave of prayer" to eradicate hunger reached the U.S. Capitol with participants in an interfaith prayer service asking God to guide all people to better see and understand the needs of people living in poverty.

During the noontime service Dec. 10, many of the prayers focused on  government decision-makers who have targeted various federal food  programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for decreased government spending.

"We really need to pray that God will lead members of Congress, our nation's leaders and the people of this nation to make decisions on this and other issues that will help get us to the end of hunger," said the Rev. David Beckmann, a Lutheran minister and president of the Christian citizens' anti-hunger organization Bread for the World.

The wave of prayer was one of hundreds of services that cascaded around the world at noon local time under an initiative of Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities. The effort is aimed at prayer and action to relieve hunger around the world through May 2015.

Nearly 50 people crowded into a first-floor meeting room in the Capitol's House wing to recite a prayer developed by Caritas Internationalis. They were joined by three members of Congress: Rep.  Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., and Rep. David Price, D-N.C.

Several participants offered prayers of thanksgiving for the inspirational words of Pope Francis, who has repeatedly invited the world to reach out and care for people in need in developed and undeveloped countries alike.

"Let's pray not just as a symbol, but believing that our prayers have power," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, who joined the service as he was in the sixth day of a water-only fast as part of the Fast for Families tent community outside the Capitol on the National Mall. The organization is utilizing prayer, public witness and fasting in pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform.

The hungry are "part of our family," Rev. Wallis prayed. "We lift them  up now. We intercede for them and we pray that somehow their stories would reach this place," he said.

"We pray that you help ... us understand that this isn't just politics, it isn't just policy, it isn't about who wins and loses. It's about particular mothers, particular fathers, particular children. It's names we know. So we lift up those names in this place," he said.

Those offering prayers also remembered the plight of undocumented  immigrants the world over, American children who go to school hungry and the people living in tent camps in war-ravaged Syria and in Haiti, nearly four years after a devastating earthquake.

Sister Marge Clark, a domestic-issues lobbyist for Network, the Catholic social justice lobby, prayed that low-wage workers receive just compensation for their labor as well as their employers to "be struck with a sense of justice."

"May they receive in justice the resources to feed themselves and their families," prayed the member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Rev. Gary Cook, a staff member of Bread for the World, asked God for forgiveness as he "confessed our complicity" in decisions that cause hunger in others. "Help us rearrange our priorities so that all may eat," he said.

Afterward, McGovern, who is Catholic and co-chairs the hunger caucus in Congress, told Catholic News Service that hunger in the U.S. could end if elected representatives felt it was prudent to do so.

"Hunger is a political condition," he said. "We can solve this problem. All we need is the political will."

He said support for federally funded food and nutrition programs has waned because "critics of these programs create a distortion" by portraying enrollees as criminals or as unwilling to work.

"When you see the face of hunger, it changes you," he said, explaining  that he regularly visits hunger centers in his Massachusetts district and has visited poverty-stricken communities worldwide. "When you see a hungry child, it breaks your heart and you can't get it out of your  mind. I do think when people see things firsthand they get enlightened."

Across town at The Catholic University of America, the message was much the same as church leaders called on God to inspire government and business leaders to help end global hunger during a prayer service.

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, a university trustee, led students in prayer at Caldwell Chapel, asking God for assistance in sharing "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," Cardinal Wuerl prayed.

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and university president John Garvey joined the prayer service.

Article Comment Submissions
Submit your comments, please. 
Comments are reviewed before being posted to the site. Comments must use respectful language and address the story. Comments are not posted immediately to the site. The site editor may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours. Comments may also be considered to appear as letters in our print edition, unless the writer specifices no.
Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved