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    » 09/05/2013, 00.00

    HONG KONG – VATICAN – SYRIA

    From Hong Kong a prayer for peace in Syria



    The Diocese of the Territory joins the request of Pope Francis for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world. Cardinal Tong urges the faithful to continue to offer their prayers and their acts of penance for world peace that is sustainable over the long term. A special intercessory prayer will be recited during Masses next Sunday.

    Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - In view of the critically dangerous situation in Syria at present, Pope Francis is making a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church to pray for world peace, in the hope that a peace that is based on dialogue, negotiation, reconciliation, compassion and the well-being of the nations concerned will take the place of confrontations, conflicts and violence.

    The Holy Father has proclaimed for the whole Church, on 7 September (Saturday), the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout the world. He is also inviting Christians of other confessions, as well as followers of other religions and all people of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.

    On 7 September, from 19:00 until 24:00, the Holy Father will preside over a prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, in a spirit of penance, to ask the God of mercy to grant peace to the world, especially in Syria and the Middle East. Cardinal John Tong is appealing to all the faithful in the Hong Kong Diocese, in particular to parishes, religious communities and Catholic organizations, each in its own way, to join the Holy Father in fasting and praying for the same intention.

    Parishes are to add a special intention for world peace, in particular for peace in Syria and in the Middle East, to the prayer of the faithful at all Masses on Sunday, 8 September. Cardinal John Tong also earnestly exhorts the faithful to continue offering prayers and works of penance in support of a world peace that is sustainable for the long term. An intercessory prayer for peace in Syria follows.

    God of Compassion,
    Hear the cries of the people of Syria
    Comfort those who suffer violence
    Console those who mourn the dead
    Give strength to Syria's neighbouring countries to welcome the refugees
    Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms
    And protect those who are committed to peace.

    God of hope,
    Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies
    Inflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people of Syria
    And give us hope for a future built on justice for all
    We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the world.

    Amen

     

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    04/09/2013 KOREA – VATICAN – SYRIA
    Archbishop of Seoul: Korea will pray with the Pope for peace in Syria
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    Pope: the heart of Christians "is built on the rock" and not "plastered over" in a "cast" of discipline"
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    09/09/2013 SYRIA - VATICAN
    Nuncio in Damascus: Nationwide, Syrians of every creed and ethnicity pray with the Pope
    Msgr . Mario Zenari describes the Day of Prayer for Syria as a historic event. All the parishes of Damascus and the various dioceses of the country took part. Vigil in the Melkite Cathedral was attended by thousands of Muslims, Greek -Orthodox and Protestant Christians. On average, the population of the Islamic religion touched by the Pope’s gesture: "It's an exceptional fact that the Christian leader wants peace for Muslims, while our neighbors foment war".

    01/09/2013 VATICAN - SYRIA
    Pope: a day of prayer for peace in Syria and in the world
    Francis makes his "the cry of peace" that "rises from every corner of the earth, from every nation, from every heart". Concern for the Syrian conflict and "the dramatic developments that lie ahead ." The "judgment of God" and of history for the use of chemical weapons. The international community must promote initiatives of dialogue. "

    02/09/2013 SYRIA - VATICAN
    Gregory III : Syria and the Middle East united with Francis in prayer for peace
    According to the Patriarch of Antioch, the day of prayer established by the pope "confirms the love of Francis for this troubled land ." In all the parishes of Syria and the Middle East preparations for the day of fasting and prayer have already begun. And pilgrimages are made to the special Marian shrines of Saidnaya (Damascus ) and Lebanon . The churches will remain open until midnight in Syria despite the bombings and war.



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