Each year, on November the 20th, the “World Children’s Day” and the anniversary of the UN Convention on the rights of the child (CRC) are celebrated.
Since 2008, November the 20th is also the “World Day of Prayer and Action for Children and Youth” aiming at involving people and groups from all religious and secular backgrounds to recommit themselves to working together to achieve internationally agreed goals for children such as the Millennium Development Goals. The initiative was undertaken by the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), with the support of Arigatou International, a Japanese and international interfaith-based NGO committed to foster through interreligious dialogue and cooperation the respect, protection and fulfillment of the fundamental rights of all children, “without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child`s or his or her parent`s or legal guardian`s race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status” (art.2 CRC).
The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is a day of solidarity among religious and secular organizations united by their common aspiration and shared vision of a world in which all our children will grow up to their full human potential, with their rights to safety, security, integrity and dignity honored in all societies. It could potentially make an enormous difference in the lives of children, and would send a powerful signal to the whole world that religions can be a unifying force for promoting the rights and wellbeing of children.
To accompany the prayers, one or two common but specific, tangible and measurable actions for the survival, development and protection of children will be carried out, nation-wide or region-wide, in all places of worship or in their vicinity. Depending on local circumstances, such prayers and action may be held by particular religious denominations, as well as by interfaith groups, as appropriate
Salesian Congregation join this initiative through a letter by the Rector Mayor, Fr Pascual Chávez, that invited all Salesian Communities in the World to join on November the 20th the Global Network of Religions for Children for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children and Youth.
“Only if the religious leaders and we all will join our efforts, we will be able to respond adequately to the dramatic and massive violations in any part of the world of human dignity and fundamental rights of children, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Let’s join together on November the 20th and in each Salesian Community, celebrate this prayer for and with the Children and Youth of the world, that all religions and diverse faith communities can be a driving force for the promotion of fundamental rights of children sending a powerful message of vision and commitment to the governments and people of the world”.
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