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PRESS RELEASE FROM SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2010
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Communications Director
Phone: 512-463-0385

SENATOR LUCIO CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION IN PRAYERS FOR PEACE

AUSTIN, TX—Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. today called border communities to join him in Prayers for Peace every second Thursday of each month beginning July 8, on behalf of the victims of violence along the U.S. and Mexico border region.

"I am deeply saddened over the death of my dear friend Mr. Rodolfo Torre CantĂș, Tamaulipas gubernatorial candidate who recently died during a firefight outside the city of Soto La Marina, about 40 miles east of Ciudad Victoria, the state capital," said Sen. Lucio. "This terrible tragedy prompted me to call for a special day of prayer and spiritual meditation on the need for peace along the border."

In addition to asking the communities all along the Texas border to take the time to pray for the victims and their families, Sen. Lucio is also encouraging churches of all denominations to participate.

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other," is a quote by Mother Teresa that Sen. Lucio wants the people of this region to remember when considering his request. He is also calling leaders of border communities from Brownsville to El Paso to designate the second Thursday of each month as the day of prayer.

To begin his monthly prayers, the Senator is inviting the public to join him in a special Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville at 5:30 p.m., the second Thursday of July, followed by an all- denominations assembly of prayer at the Dean Porter Park Pavilion from 7 to 8 p.m. (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.).

"As border residents we all know and understand how important peace is to the safety and economic well-being of our families. We want both sides of the border to be peaceful and to prosper, and we want our friends south of the border to know that we stand by them in their efforts to make their country safe and peaceful again by calling on our Divine Maker to intercede," he added.

Sen. Lucio is asking people to wear ribbons of sky blue in remembrance of those who have died and to bring attention to the need for peace in the region.

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