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Events Around New Mexico Welcome Pope and Pray for Guidance on Address to Congress

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  Interfaith Candle Light Prayer Vigils are being held around New Mexico September 23 on the eve of the first ever Papal address to the joint session of congress.  The prayers will gather people of many faiths but one heart for moral action around economic and climate justice and to pray for the pope and our public leaders. September 23 is also the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur calling for atonement and Eid al-adha in the Muslim tradition.

Events will be held in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Gallup, Taos, Silver City and Carlsbad with prayers and reflections focused on climate change, economics and care of the human and earth communities. State-wide co-sponsors include New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, New Mexico Conference of Churches, New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops and Interfaith Worker Justice of New Mexico and in Albuquerque additional co-sponsors include Catholic Charities and Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

The Interfaith Candle Light Prayer in Albuquerque will be held Wednesday, September 23, 6:30-7:30 pm in the Old Town Plaza.  A special visit by the pope and invitation to action will be part of the prayer.  Contact Sr. Joan Brown,osf 505-266-6696 or 505- 264-9966

Locations and contacts in other communities include:

Sept. 23, 6:30-7:30 pm, McKinley Courthouse Plaza, Gallup.  Contacts Pat Sheely, 505-722-7564and Betsy Windisch, 505-722-9257

Sept. 23, 8-9 pm, Taos Plaza, Taos, Todd Wynward toddwynward@gmail.com

Sept. 23, 7:30 pm, Gough Park Picnic Shelter, Silver City

Sept. 23, 7-8 pm, Eddy County Court House, Carlsbad, Pastor Nick King  575-887-0606

Sept. 24, noon, steps of St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe, Maj-Britt Eagle, mleagle@sjc.edu