Pope Francis Declares Day of Prayer & Fasting -- September 7, 2013

September 6, 2013
Pope Francis Declares Day of Prayer & Fasting -- September 7, 2013

Pope Francis proclaims for the whole Church on Saturday, September 7 the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and also invites each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions, and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.

Prayer For Peace In Syria

God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.
God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World,

To see the Statement from Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard Pates, please click the link below.

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