This International Day is also the sad anniversary of the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in 1960.
The ecumenical prayer was prepared by WCC colleagues from Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. It is an invitation to be in solidarity with one another, in prayer, and condemn all forms of racial injustice.
“The prayer is for those who have experienced racism, those who did not act in the face of racism, those who were prophetic against racism, also those who were complicit in racism,” said Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC deputy general secretary. “It is a prayer for our human family, so that our souls and hearts are transformed and healed.”
Racism is the thematic focus of the 2021 WCC Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.