Archdiocese will join pope in ‘wave of prayer’ Dec. 10


The Archdiocese of Louisville will join in Pope Francis’ wave of prayer to end hunger at noon tomorrow, Dec. 10.

Pope Francis called for the “wave of prayer” to launch Caritas Internationalis’ global hunger campaign called “One Human Family, Food for All.” Both Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA are members of the organization.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has asked parishioners, school children and all of the Catholic faithful to fast and pray at noon tomorrow, when the prayer wave passes through the Eastern time zone. The prayer wave is set to begin on the Island of Samoa. It will progress to each time zone throughout the day — through 164 countries — until it ends 24 hours later in Samoa. Pope Francis plans to launch the wave with a five-minute video that will be released Dec. 10.

In a press release from the chancery, Archbishop Kurtz noted, “The launch of the ‘One Human Family, Food for All’ campaign coincides with the period of Advent, when we focus on the mystery of the Incarnation of our Lord. One of the ways Jesus is manifest to us is in the faces of the poor, the excluded, the outcast and the marginalized (Matthew 25).

“The ‘One Human Family, Food for All’ campaign will provide Catholics in the United States and around the world with the opportunity to bring Christ’s love to those in need — through prayer and through action,” he said.

The campaign has provided a prayer to be used during the prayer wave, available here. It’s also available in Spanish and French at

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