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Saturday Set as Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria
Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7, 2013.
To help carry out the Pope’s call to action there are resources at the U. S. Bishops’ Conference website: www.usccb.org, These include:
- A press release and letter from Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, to Secretary of State John Kerry, calling for the United States government to work with other governments to “obtain a ceasefire” in Syria and create “a future for all Syrians, one that respects human rights and religious freedom”:
- Prayers for peace in Syria, which is provided by Catholic Relief Services’ program Catholics Confront Global Poverty.
In his letter Bishop Pates reminds us that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops previously had urged an end to violence in Syria:
The longstanding position of our Conference of Bishops is that the Syrian people urgently need a political solution that ends the fighting and creates a future for all Syrians, one that respects human rights and religious freedom. We ask the United States to work with other governments to obtain a ceasefire, initiate serious negotiations, provide impartial and neutral humanitarian assistance, and encourage building an inclusive society in Syria that protects the rights of all its citizens, including Christians and other minorities.
A report from AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE says that on Monday a top Vatican official warned the war in Syria could escalate into a global conflict, a day after Pope Francis made an impassioned call for peace.
“The Syria conflict has all the ingredients to explode into a war of global dimensions,” Monsignor Mario Toso, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told Vatican radio. “The solution to Syria’s problems is not in armed intervention. Violence will not decrease and there is a risk of a conflagration that extends to other countries,” he said.
That complete story can be found here: http://www.rappler.com/world/
The Catholic Conference of Kentucky invites you to participate in this worldwide day of fasting and prayer to bring peace to those suffering in Syria and to avoid a regional conflict that destroys human life and dignity.
~ Rev. Patrick Delahanty