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Call for Prayer and Fasting
Pope Francis proclaims September 7 as a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria

Pope Francis calls for prayer and fasting

All Regnum Christi members are being encouraged to participate in the Holy Father’s proclamation that September 7, 2013, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, be a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. (Click here for the Zenit news article, and here for the article about the US Bishops call for solidarity with the Pope.)

Following is an excerpt from the Pope’s address given September 1, 2013:

“…We will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.

Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!”

The suggested prayer is:

Prayer and Intercession for Peace in Syria

God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria.
Comfort those who suffer violence.
Console those who mourn the dead.
Give strength to Syria’s neighboring countries to welcome the refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those who are committed to peace.
God of hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies.
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, the Prince of Peace and Light of the world.  Amen



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