Feast of St. Peter Claver: Parishioners Pray for Racial Equality

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Faithful in the Diocese of Brooklyn prayed for racial equality during a feast day Mass on Sunday Sept. 10.

The liturgy at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph was in honor of St. Peter Claver, the patron saint of slaves and interracial equality. 

The yearly diocesan Mass was started years ago as a way of promoting racial unity while social justice protests were happening around the country. 

Now, the liturgy looks to highlight the ongoing issues and concerns for African American Catholics.  This year, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to end affirmative action in colleges, Catholics prayed for racial equality in education. 

Brooklyn Bishop Robert Brennan, who celebrated the Mass, spoke about how important equality is to people of faith.