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On Thursday, religious leaders from all the world's religions met at the invitation of John Paul II, in Assisi, Italy, to pray for peace. United with them we, the religious leaders of Alaska, wish to add our voices to the chorus of prayer in the fervent hope that people of faith everywhere, and indeed all people, will be inspired to work, for peace and justice in our world.
Let us pray first for peace in the heart and mind of every human person. May the anxieties and uncertainties of each one of us find comfort and solace. May each of us be whole and complete in mind, body and spirit. May the dignity of each one be upheld and preserved.
Let us pray for peace in our families. May each family be strengthened in unity. May our society and our culture uphold the dignity and the essential value of each family in building up the common good. May families in crisis find help and the means to true reconciliation.
Let us pray for peace in our communities. May divisions between urban and rural Alaskans find peaceful and dignified resolution. May we draw upon the many strengths of the diverse peoples and cultures represented in every part of our Great Land and appreciate the contribution of each to our common heritage.
Let us pray for peace in our country. May the principles that formed this great nation guide our steps that we may indeed be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Let us pray for peace in our world. May the present tensions find peaceful resolution. May all peoples and nations live in harmony, respecting the dignity and culture of each while working together for the progress of all.
For these and for all other petitions for peace, we most fervently pray and invite all men, women and children of good will to join us.
Archbishop Roger L Schwietz, OMI, Catholic Archbishop of Anchorage
Bishop Nikolai, Bishop of Sitka and Alaska, Diocese of Alaska
Archbishop Emeritus Francis T. Hurley, Archbishop Emeritus of Anchorage
Bishop Mark MacDonald, Episcopal Bishop of Alaska
Bishop Michael Warfel, Catholic Bishop of Juneau, Apostolic Administrator of Fairbanks
Bishop Ronald Martinson, Lutheran Bishop of Alaska, ELCA