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Islanders of all backgrounds encouraged to pray for peace

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The island's faithful are turning to the power of  prayer in this time of world conflict. Among them, Rafina Mendiola who was one of the hundreds of faithful who turned out for Sunday's Fatima Rosary Rally at the Plaza de Espana.

"I get goosebumps every time I talk to [Our Lady of] Fatima," she told KUAM News about her connection to the Blessed Mother. "Today, the power of peace is very strong within ourselves and have no worry about what's happening outside. I pray for North Korea as well. We pray for everything that's outside. For world peace and for anything that should come our way. Mother Mary, Our Lady of Fatima has always been on our side. Guam is so lucky. I'm so lucky to be a part of this."

And for all people, religious or not, Father Mike Crisostomo encourages residents to unite as one. "I would invite anyone just to come together and realize the destruction that may happen once these bombs go off - the nuclear fallout, the suffering that people will go through," he stated. "So in spite of your faith, just come together and just continue, and even its thoughts of peace, or offerings of peace, let it be that all of our efforts and thoughts here will be united as one."

Prayers for peace were also offered at all Sunday masses, as directed by Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes.

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