"We all desire to live in a world where there is peace, fraternal love, concern and charity for each other."
In the lead-up to the historic meeting between the leader of North Korea and the president of the United States, Church leaders are asking for prayer, that the summit might contribute to peace.
On Sunday, after praying the midday Angelus, Pope Francis invited all people around the world to pray for the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president.
“Let us together invoke Our Lady, Queen of Korea. May she guide these talks,” he said.
Meanwhile, Archbishop William Goh of Singapore, where the meeting is to take place beginning at 9 am on Tuesday local time (9 pm EST Monday), distributed a prayer that the faithful can use to pray for God’s grace on the occasion:
Heavenly Father, we ask for the outpouring of Your grace on the momentous US-North Korea Summit here in Singapore on 12th June. We all desire to live in a world where there is peace, fraternal love, concern and charity for each other. Without peace, there can be no security, no progress and future for humanity. Lord, we pray You will enlighten the political leaders to work for peace, justice and social order in the world. May this be the start of a continuous effort to building strong relationships, freed from the burden of fear and the weight of suspicion. May nations learn to trust each other and work towards world peace for all human kind. Blessed Mother, you are our Mirror of Justice and Seat of Wisdom, we entrust this Summit to you. Holy Spirit, guide the leaders and officials so that “nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war.” (Is 2:4) We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen
André Ahchak, the director of communication of the archdiocese, said that the citizens of Singapore “are thrilled to be part of the historic summit.”
“It is an opportunity for our tiny multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual island nation to make a contribution to history and importantly, to possible world and regional peace,” he said.
According to 2015 data, Singapore is about 20% Christian, but less than 3% Catholic. (The biggest religious group is Buddhist with 33%.) The archdiocese covers the entire island and has about 145 priests.