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Bishops across country join 'Day of Prayer for Peace' service

Service promotes peace, unity, healing in wake of violence, racial tension

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, Bishop Felipe J. Estévez will join his fellow bishops across the country in a "Day of Prayer for Peace."

Estévez will preside at the prayer service for healing, unity and peace Friday at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome to gather in solidarity.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is offering a "Prayer for Peace in Our Communities" prayer card to assist in the service.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed a special task force to support the bishops in marking the day of prayer and promoting peace and healing.

Atlanta’s Archbishop Wilton Gregory answered questions from the media during a telephone and livestreame media event Thursday from 12 - 12:30 p.m. Joining him was Bishop Shelton Fabre, of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, chairman of the subcommittee for African American Affairs, and a member of the USCCB task force to promote peace.

For questions, call Kathleen Bagg at 904-434-3909.