Website aims to foster spirituality of awareness

The Justice and Peace Commission of South Africa is using the Internet to ask people around the world to pray for matters concerning human rights at least once a week. The commission's website, www.prayingthehumanrightsnews.net, created on Aug. 23, 2013, allows anyone concerned with social and political justice topics -- such as poverty, war and climate -- to submit written prayers. Once an organization or activist submits a prayer, it can be prayed by the faithful around the world.

Dominican Fr. Stan Muyebe was entrusted with leading the commission in 2013 by the Southern African Bishops' Conference. Inspired by his faith rooted in the Dominican order, he created the website.

"I felt that, as a commission, our work with the victims of poverty and injustice in Southern Africa should start and end in prayer," Muyebe said in an email to NCR.

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A version of this story appeared in the Aug 1-14, 2014 print issue under the headline: Website aims to foster spirituality of awareness .

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