Prayers For The World

I don't normally comment regularly on daily current news items but there are such truly terrible events in the news today that I ask you to please join me in prayer. 

Each highlight takes you to a fuller newspaper report .

All those in the Phillipines affected by the floods from the typhoon Washi . At the time of posting the reports are of 650 dead with 800 more missing.

 The immediate cessation of brutal military violence in Cairo, Egypt where at least 10 protesters have been killed and 441 wounded in the three days of violence which began when one of several hundred peaceful protesters staging a sit-in outside the cabinet offices was detained and beaten by troops. The protesters are demanding that the nation's ruling military immediately step down.  
For the 200 asylum seekers heading to Australia after their overcrowded wooden ship sank off Indonesia's main island of Java. So far only 33 people have been found alive.

Sad news too about Vaclav Hevel who died today after a long illness , aged 75.
The dissident playwright who led the Czechoslovakian "velvet revolution" and was one of the fathers of the east European pro-democracy movement that led to the fall of the Berlin wall.
His motto was: "Truth and love must prevail over lies and hate." 

World leaders have paid tribute to Havel. British Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Havel devoted his life to the cause of human freedom. For years, communism tried to crush him, and to extinguish his voice. But Havel, the playwright and the dissident, could not be silenced.

"No one of my generation will ever forget those powerful scenes from Wenceslas Square two decades ago. Havel led the Czech people out of tyranny. And he helped bring freedom and democracy to our entire continent.

"Europe owes Vaclav Havel a profound debt. Today his voice has fallen silent. But his example and the cause to which he devoted his life will live on."

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