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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.
AsiaNews) - "The day of prayer announced by the Pope is an extraordinary
gesture of peace, which confirms the great love of Francis for this troubled
land . I invite all Catholics, Orthodox , Muslims and non-believers to pray
with us for peace in Syria
and the Middle East", Gregory III Laham, Melkite Greek - Catholic Patriarch
of Antioch, of all the East, of
Alexandria and Jerusalem tells AsiaNews commenting
on the Day
of Prayer for Syria led by the pope to be held worldwide on 7 September from 19.00 to midnight.
prelate stresses that all the parishes of the Greek Melkite Church in the
Middle East and around the world have already begun preparations to respond to
the initiative". In Syria - continues Gregory III - we will keep our
churches open until midnight to allow everyone (Catholics, Orthodox and
Muslims) to pray. Vigils will be held wherever possible, even if there are
fewer than 10 people participating. "
Pope's initiative comes in the days when the United States, France and the Arab
League countries are discussing preparations for an armed intervention in
Gregory III , the spiritual closeness of Francis and the Church is central to
all the Syrian people - Christian and Muslim - who without support are likely
to lose hope. The
patriarch explained that on September 8, the feast of the Birth of Mary, very
much felt in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Lebanon. "
We entrust ourselves to the Virgin Mary - he concludes - to fasting and
prayer. There will be special
celebrations at the shrine of Saidnaya (Damascus ) and in the various Marian places
of worship around Lebanon." ( S.C. )
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. "
Day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria
Various Christian denominations , Muslims, members of other religions and atheists take part. The prayer vigil, with the presence of Pope Francis starts at 19 in St. Peter's Square. Obama receives the full support of France and generic support of 10 other states.
02/09/2013 INDIA - VATICAN
Card. Gracias: Millions of Indian children in prayer with the Pope for Syria
The president of the Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) responds to the Pope’s call for a day of prayer and fasting to end the Syrian conflict, which will be held on September 7. "Our children pray for their peers in Syria."
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Two days of prayer and fasting for peace and harmony in Iraq
Benedict XVI makes his own an appeal by the Iraqi bishops
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Chaldean patriarch thanks pope for sharing Iraq's "anguish and suffering"
Emmanuel Delly, Chaldean patriarch, thanked Benedict XVI for supporting two days of prayer and fasting for peace and security in Iraq. The country's Muslims have also joined in the appeal. Hundreds of people are killed every day across Iraq.
HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"
John Mok Chit Wai
A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.
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