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Malankara Church Represented at Prayer Service for United Nations

On the occasion of the opening of the annual session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See (Roman Catholic Church) to the United Nations hosted a Prayer Service for the United Nations Diplomatic Community and personnel. Religious and ecumenical leaders of the United States were invited to participate and attend. The Reverend Father Sujit Thomas, Diocesan Secretary of the Northeast American Diocese, represented our Metropolitan, His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, at the Prayer Service.

The service was held on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly on Monday, September 11th at the Church of the Holy Family in New York City. A brief meditation based on the theme chosen for the 72nd General Debate, “Focusing on People: Striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet” was offered by the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.

The Secretary General, António Guterres, and the President-elect, Miroslav Lajcák of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly, also gave brief reflections.

Prayers were offered in gratitude for all that the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly has been able to achieve, and for the success of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly. The Prayer Service was an occasion to entrust to God our efforts for peace in the world, for the development and advancement of the human family, and for a solution to the ongoing refugee and migration crisis.

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Bernardito C. Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, was grateful that the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church was represented at the gathering.

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