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USCCB president announces day of prayer, task force for community peace

July 22, 2016

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited dioceses to observe September 9, the memorial of St. Peter Claver, as a “Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities.”

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz has also announced the formation of a task force, chaired by Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, to promote “peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society,” according to the bishops’ conference.

“I am honored to lead this Task Force which will assist my brother bishops, individually and as a group, to accompany suffering communities on the path toward peace and reconciliation,” said Archbishop Gregory. “We are one body in Christ, so we must walk with our brothers and sisters and renew our commitment to promote healing. The suffering is not somewhere else, or someone else’s; it is our own, in our very dioceses.”


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