Newspaper Prayers: Friday, November 3rd

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, November 3, 2017

In Peru, a Beauty Pageant Shifts Spotlight to Killings of Women

It could have been any beauty pageant in Latin America as two dozen contestants, wearing gold cocktail dresses, stood expectantly on the stage. But when the moment came to announce her name — and her measurements — Camila Canicoba offered a different figure.

“My measurements are 2,202 cases of feminicide reported in the last nine years in my country,” Ms. Canicoba, a contestant for the Miss Peru pageant said into the microphone on Sunday.

The others behind her followed suit. One woman spoke of children who die from sexual abuse. Another said 70 percent of women had been victims of attacks on the streets of Peru.

In fact, the killings of women have become so numerous in Latin America that newspapers refer to them as feminicide.

 Readings from the Prophet Amos for Friday, November 3, 2017

Notice God’s love for the vulnerable of society and his opinion of those who fail to exercise their responsibility towards them.

Amos 8.4-7 – Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.” The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

Prayers for Friday, November 3, 2017

Dear God, help us to turn away from greed and to turn to those in need.

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