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‘Never again war!’ Pope Francis calls for day of fasting Sept. 7

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Protesters carry a banner during a rally outside the White House in Washington Aug. 29. As speculation mounted about Western air strikes on Syria, a U.S. bishops' committee called for a political solution, and Catholic leaders in Europe warned military intervention could lead to an escalation of hostilities. (CNS photo/Jason Reed)

Protesters carry a banner during a rally outside the White House in Washington Aug. 29. As speculation mounted about Western air strikes on Syria, a U.S. bishops’ committee called for a political solution, and Catholic leaders in Europe warned military intervention could lead to an escalation of hostilities. (CNS photo/Jason Reed)

Pope Francis called  for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world before his Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square today.

On Sept. 7 “here [in St Peter’s Square], from 7 p.m. until midnight, we will gather together in prayer, in a spirit of penitence, to ask from God this great gift [of peace] for the beloved Syrian nation and for all the situations of conflict and violence in the world,” the Holy Father said.

Pope Francis invited non-Catholic Christians and non-Christian believers to participate in ways they feel are appropriate. “Never again war!” said Pope Francis. “We want a peaceful world,” he said, “we want to be men and women of peace.”

Source: Vatican Radio

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Fasting and prayer to which ‘god’?
    …since Jorge Bergoglio and the Roman church of universal values believes in the freedom of all religions….since he believes that it is RIGHT (a right) to be free to worship any ‘god’.
    BUT Christ, Son of the Only God, said that one is to worship the One Lord Creator and Him Alone to serve.
    Soon, Christ will rule as the One King according to the Will of One God and NOT according to man’s “freedom will”, the freedom which President Obama has confessed to be the ‘Light’ and the will of his god and the god of all “religions”, the “god of fortresses”.

  2. John, I have been a Catholic for 68 years and we believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven. I have never heard it at my church anyone ever say that we believe in freedom of all religions. We believe that hell awaits all who do not believe that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of their lives. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
    We believe in the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    I can’t believe how many people think they know all about Catholics when they have never even been to a Catholic Church. The devil knows all about the Catholic Church and that is why he works so hard to destroy it.
    Ask God to show you the real truth about the Catholic Church.
    God bless you.

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