Dec 11, 2013

Berkshire County students respond to pope’s ‘wave of prayer’ campaign



(Photos courtesy of St. Mary School, Lee, Mass.)

Staff report

LEE – Students and staff at St. Mary School, here, responded enthusiastically to Pope Francis’ call for a global campaign of prayer against hunger.

“The students learned about the problems of world hunger, waste of food, and the need for all to work as a family to end this problem,” explained Jane Furey, St. Mary’s principal.

Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, the global “wave of prayer” campaign began at noon on Dec. 10 on the South Pacific island of Samoa and headed west across the world’s time zones.

The students and staff at St. Mary’s gathered in the school’s gymnasium at noon on Tuesday to add their voices to the worldwide prayer event.

“After hearing some basic information about the program the group recited the prayer, One Human Family, Food for All, which was displayed on a giant screen in the gym,” Furey said. “Together they prayed to Mary, the patron of their school, to hear their words and help end the problems with hunger throughout the world.”

(Editor’s note: Information from Catholic News Service was used in this report.)