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.
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
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
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.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with
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.