The 100 Days of Peace iniative began on 8 June 2012 and will continue until 28th October 2012. This marks the time 50 days before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on 27 July 2012, the Games themselves, and 50 more days from the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games on 9th September 2012.
During this period we are called on to undertake a time of active peace-making wherever we find ourselves – at home, at school, at work and in society. It will also be a time of urgent and persistent prayer for all the nations sending athletes and spectators to the Games, particularly those countries currently experiencing conflict and war. We are also praying for peace on our streets in this country before, during and after the Games.
The 100 Days of Peace is a partnership of many groups, involving the three Catholic ‘Olympic’ Dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, Pax Christi, London Citizens, the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, More Than Gold, CAFOD and the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.
It is supported by Boris Johnson and Sebastion Coe. British Peer Lord Michael Bates, who walked from Olympia to London to highlight the need for the British Government to take the Olympic Truce seriously, has also given his support and attended the Peace Vigil.
We are now asking everyone to commit to prayer and an action for peace every day during the Olympic Truce period until 28th October 2012. Not much to ask!