Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: November 10, 1999

Message on the Observance of International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, 1999,
November 10, 1999

Warm greetings to all those observing the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

Throughout my Presidency, I have strived to promote the cause of international religious freedom. I am proud that my Administration has completed the first phase outlined in the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. In September, we published the first annual report on the status of religious freedom worldwide; and in October, we publicly designated the most severe violators of religious freedom.

On this special occasion, we pause to reflect on the importance of religious freedom and the profound role that religion continues to play in the lives of citizens around the world. Throughout human history, religion has helped countless individuals address profound questions about life and the universe. Across the globe, in places large and small, we have seen the resilience and depth of the human desire to worship freely.

We have also seen in our communities and in other nations around the world the violence and human tragedy spawned by hatred, intolerance, and fear born of ignorance—even ignorance of one another’s religion. But religion encourages us to recognize our capacity for forgiveness and love. On this sacred day, we pray most fervently to Almighty God to change the hearts of those who persecute others and to help us in building just communities united in understanding, compassion, and mutual respect.

Best wishes to all for a blessed observance.

Bill Clinton

Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 12. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Message on the Observance of International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, 1999, November 10, 1999," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 19, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680 Original Sources, accessed July 25, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KFATG6B2IRMBSVB.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Message on the Observance of International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, 1999, November 10, 1999." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 19, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680, Original Sources. 25 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KFATG6B2IRMBSVB.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Message on the Observance of International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, 1999, November 10, 1999' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 19, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680. Original Sources, retrieved 25 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KFATG6B2IRMBSVB.