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June 29, 2010, 1:48 pm

Toru Goto and Thousands of Victims of Religious Persecution

Japan - The International Coalition for Religious Freedom reported that Mr. Toru Goto was confined for 12 years and 5 months in an attempt to break his faith in the Unification Church. We are also aware that several other members of Mr. Gotos religious community remain confined against their will at this moment.

We understand that since 1966, there have been more than 4,300 victims of religious kidnapping and confinement in Japan. These crimes are perpetrated to deprive believers of their constitutional and natural right to religious freedom by persons, who deprive their victims of liberty indefinitely unless they renounce their faith. Many have suffered physical injuries during escape attempts. Rapes by deprogrammers and even suicides of victims have been reported. Also, many victimsboth those, who eventually escape and return to the church and those who leave, suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression.

Lord, we pray for all those suffering from a lack of religious freedom and we pray for the conversion of all governments and nations who have policies that restrict basic human rights, especially religious freedom. Lord, hear the cry of the poor, the sick and the imprisioned. We pray for your Divine Intervention, Protection and Deliverance. We ask this trusting in your Merciful love for all your children.

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June 29, 2010, 1:47 pm

Toru Goto and thousands of victims of religious kidnapping and confinement

Japan - The International Coalition for Religious Freedom reported that Mr. Toru Goto was confined for 12 years and 5 months in an attempt to break his faith in the Unification Church. We are also aware that several other members of Mr. Gotos religious community remain confined against their will at this moment.

We understand that since 1966, there have been more than 4,300 victims of religious kidnapping and confinement in Japan. These crimes are perpetrated to deprive believers of their constitutional and natural right to religious freedom by persons, who deprive their victims of liberty indefinitely unless they renounce their faith. Many have suffered physical injuries during escape attempts. Rapes by deprogrammers and even suicides of victims have been reported. Also, many victimsboth those, who eventually escape and return to the church and those who leave, suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression.

Lord, we pray for all those suffering from a lack of religious freedom and we pray for the conversion of all governments and nations who have policies that restrict basic human rights, especially religious freedom. Lord, hear the cry of the poor, the sick and the imprisioned. We pray for your Divine Intervention, Protection and Deliverance. We ask this trusting in your Merciful love for all your children.

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June 25, 2010, 8:35 pm

Hunter Iles, Age 2 and Allannah and Alliya Larry, 2 Year Old Twins

WASHINGTON DC Temperatures are rising and so are reports of infants and toddlers dying from being trapped inside sizzling automobiles. We lift up Hunter Iles and Allannah and Alliya Larry and their families.

In Hineston, Ala., 2-year-old Hunter Iles was found dead on Monday in the front passenger seat of his family's car after playing with other children outside his home.

In Portageville, Mo., 2-year-old twins Allannah and Alliya Larry were found dead in their grandmother's car on June 16th as temperatures pushed into the mid-90s.

A researcher says 18 children have died of hyperthermia since the beginning of the year, with eight deaths reported since June 13.
Government and safety experts are telling parents that they never should leave children in an unattended vehicle or allow them to play in cars and trucks. Many of the recent cases have involved children who climbed inside an unlocked vehicle on a hot day and then couldn't get out. The government's highway safety agency issued a consumer advisory this week that included a warning for parents not to leave children unattended in or near a vehicle.

We pray for the souls of all our children living and deceased. When tragedy strikes a child, we all die a little. May the Lord comfort all families going through difficult times. May the Lord guide them and protect them. May His face shine upon them and give them His peace now and in the life to come.

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June 22, 2010, 8:38 pm

Suu Kyi. Age 65, Myanmar

Myanmar - Happy Birthday, Aung San Suu Kyi!
Democracy icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, called for political change in Myanmar and has spent nearly 15 years being punished for it. She is currently being held under house arrest, but may be released as early as this year.

In honor of Suu Kyi's 65th birthday on June 19th, we're asking our ipraytoday family to pray for Suu Kyi and the more than 2,100 political prisoners detained in Myanmar today. They represent the thousands, who are or have been imprisioned or persecuted for their religious or political views world wide. "Do not be discouraged you are not forgotten."

May our prayers send a message that each soul is free in spirit. As the time for national elections in Myanmar and other countries approaches, let us celebrate that we are all children of God and made in His image. No one can take that away. Prayer is a free gift we can give others and a great way to show we care.

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June 18, 2010, 4:06 pm

C.J, Age 8, Outpatient at Saint Joseph's Hospital

Phoenix, AZ - C.J. has been going through a lengthy medical evaluation to determine the cause of his stiff joints and limited fine motor skills. On Friday, June 11th, C. J. and family met with Dr Aleck, Chief of Pediatric Genetic Disorders at St Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, AZ to learn about C.J.'s diagnosis and what lies ahead.

C.J. has been diagnosed with Mucopolysaccharidosis. "Mucopolysaccharidoses" are a group of metabolic disorders caused by the absence or malfunctioning of lysosomal enzymes needed to break down molecules called glycosaminoglycans, which are long chains of sugar carbohydrates found in each of our cells that help build bone, cartilage, tendons, corneas, skin and connective tissue. Glycosaminoglycans (formerly called mucopolysaccharides) are also found in the fluid that lubricates our joints. People with a mucopolysaccharidosis disease either do not produce enough of one or more of the 11 enzymes required to break down these sugar chains into simpler molecules, or they produce enzymes that do not work properly. The result is permanent, progressive cellular damage with affects appearance, physical abilities, organ and system functioning, and, in most cases, mental development. C.J. starts his enzyme therapy this month.

Lord, we pray for healing for C.J. and all children suffering from rare or undiagnosed diseases. Please inspire the doctors and nurses, who attend them to find life-saving treatments and breakthroughs in their research.
May your Divine Wisdom guide all they do and keep all your children safe and healthy, especially those undergoing lengthy evaluations for unknown conditions. Lord, we trust in your Mercy. Come to their aid.

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June 15, 2010, 4:29 pm

Stephen Stoltzfus Age 15 of Manheim, NY

MANHEIM, N.Y.-- An Amish teen is in critical condition after being attacked by his family's bull in central New York.

Authorities say 15-year-old Stephen Stoltzfus was working with his father on the family farm in the Herkimer County town of Manheim when the bull hit him yesterday morning. They say he wasn't gored, but suffered bruising and serious chest injuries.

There was no immediate word on the fate of the bull, but emergency crews said they saw no sign of it as they cared for the boy and got him to an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Utica for treatment.

We pray for Stephen and all people suffering from unexpected injuries physical or spiritual. Lord, helps us prepare each day through prayer for what lies ahead. Increase our faith, hope and charity. May your Divine Providence, intervention and healing be always with us.

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June 11, 2010, 3:34 pm

Taavi Kubits, Heart #346, at the University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Taavi Kubits recipient of Heart #346 at the University of Minnesota shares: "It's amazing to be alive after having been told several times that I was going to die. As long as I remain within my limits, I feel mostly ok. It feels great to be able to breathe. Can you be given a second chance? Can it be done? Yes! Is it worth it? Yes! Is it easy? No! Would I do it again? In a heartbeat! Keep in mind that all of this - from heart failure to evaluation to waiting to transplant and beyond - is just as hard on your spouse and the rest of the family."

We lift up all those who have had a transplant or are waiting fo one. May the Lord and His Divine Providence bless all those involved with His healing love, wisdom, courage and fortitude.

For all souls in need of a spiritual transplant, we pray for an increase of faith, hope and charity. May our Lord's Sacred Heart continue to be with them in this life and the next.



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June 8, 2010, 2:04 pm

Ulrich Kny and Chapels of Hope Project

Rancaqua, Chile - Ulrich Kny, Aid to the Church in Need Project Coordinator for Latin America is overseeing the implementation of 15 Chapels of Hope in Chile. Temporary chapels in parts of earthquake-devastated Chile have been erected thanks to a grant by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a leading Catholic charity for suffering Christians.

ACN is providing 15 makeshift chapels in dioceses most affected by the earthquakes, including Rancagua, Talca, Linares, Chilln, Concepcin and Los Angeles, where 70-90 percent of the churches are now unusable.

The aid comes after the earthquake of February 27th and the tsunami that followed, which devastated a number of coastal towns and villages. Church estimates now say nearly 500 died following the quake, which measured 8.8 on the Richter scale. According to reports received by ACN, since February up to 270 earthquakes have struck the region, half of which were at least 5.0 on the Richter scale. Some of them have been followed by tsunamis.

Outlining the $287,400 ACN tent chapel project, Ulrich Kny, underlined that the temporary structures were suitable for earthquake conditions and vital to sustaining hope after such devastation. Mr. Kny explained that the tent chapels could be taken down and erected in other areas after the reconstruction of churches damaged by the quakes.

Explaining that each tent had a maximum capacity of 100 people, he said he was confident that the chapels would help revive Church life in Chile. Mr. Kny said, The people are in constant fear of the aftershocks and the possibility of new earthquakes and tsunamis. The only thing that is giving them hope is their faith. It is very important that the chapels can go ahead so that people can express their faith and rebuild hope. Many of them have lost everything.

Lord, continue to bless all those involved in relief efforts for those in need around the world, especially those who have lost everything. Out of your abundance give us faith and hope in times of crisis for with you and in you all things are possible. We thank you in advance for your mercy and love, which are the source of all hope and blessing.



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June 4, 2010, 10:51 am

All those Suffering from Environmental Disasters

Gulf of Mexico - We are lifting up in prayer all those suffering from environmental disasters. The recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane in Haiti, and the volcanic ash fallout in Europe have caused us all to pray for help and assistance for those recovering from these disasters and those working to find solutions in these difficult circumstances.

Lord, helps us reverence and respect our environment and all life, give us wisdom to deal with these catastrophic problems and fortitude in finding solutions to difficult life changing issues. We lift up all the people and wild life that are homeless and in need of basic necessities such as food, a safe clean home and healthful environment. Bless those who seek to assist them and are involved in rescue efforts.

Inspire us to be thankful each day for our environment and our many blessings. Help us to reverence our God given gifts and to be good stewards of our natural resources. Send us who and what we need to restore our environment and protect it for future generations. Helps us to do our part to preserve your sacred gifts.

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June 1, 2010, 10:42 pm

Merle Sweetser, Age 55, Naples ME

NAPLES, Maine - A motorcycle crash has left a Farmington man in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury.

Police say 55-year old Merle Sweetser crashed his 2005 Harley Davidson on Tricky Pond Road in Naples around 3 p.m. They say he lost control of his bike while on a curve, skidded, and struck a large rock.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash and that Sweetser was not wearing a helmet.

Lord, we pray for Merle and all those suffering from catastrophic accidents. May your healing presence be with them and their loved ones.

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