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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 Popeâ€™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."
02/04/2006 IRAQ - VATICAN
Two days of prayer and fasting for peace and harmony in Iraq
Benedict XVI makes his own an appeal by the Iraqi bishops
02/04/2006 IRAQ - VATICAN
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.
POLAND - CHINA - WYD
Beijing's tricks and violence to stop Chinese youth from reaching WYD
Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
The government yesterday blocked a group of 50 young pilgrims who had already boarded a plane bound for Krakow. Interrogated for hours by immigration, they were "admonished" and sent home with orders not to contact anyone abroad. Meanwhile, "young Chinese Catholics" hang around central World Youth Day locations in groups of five or six, with the task of spying on fellow countrymen. They work for cultural institutes or Chinese companies in Poland.
ISLAM - EUROPE
Fr Samir: Islamic terror in France and Germany a crisis of integration, but above all of politics
Samir Khalil Samir
The kidnapping and murder of a priest near Rouen (France) and the various attacks in Würzburg, Munich, Ansbach (Germany) were carried out by young people, who were indoctrinated with ease. Germany was a model for the integration of refugees. But radical Islam cannot be assimilated. It is supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. There is no other road other than integration. But we must tell the truth: the Koran contains elements of war and violence. Western politicians suffer from ignorance and a loss of all moral sentiment.
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