Pope: Pray for peace between Israel and Palestine

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With the ongoing tension and violence in the Holy Land, the Pope made a call for peace, urging everyone to pray for Israel and Palestine. As he looked over St. Peter’s Square during the Sunday Angelus, he said that despite the spike in violence, the prayer meeting he hosted with the presidents of Israel and Palestine, was not in vain. POPE FRANCIS “Some may think that the prayer meeting was useless. You’re wrong! Prayer helps us not get carried away by evil, so that violence and hate are not trumped … Continue reading

Praying for peace in the world, especially here in Iraq

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On Thursday, June 26th, we had a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament with the intention of praying for peace in the world, especially here in Iraq. All Catholic and Orthodox parishes inBaghdad were invited to participate. The Daughters of Mary, a group of consecrated laywomen, were in charge of organizing the ceremony which consisted of moments of silent prayer, songs, meditative readings, and intercessions. The Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Jorge Lingua, and his secretary, attended, together with a numerous group from an Orthodox Parish, men and women religious from various institutes, a group of handicapped … Continue reading

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

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by Elise Harris Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which can be regained by offering hope through our solidarity with those who suffer. “Those who would cultivate the plant of peace must never forget that God alone gives the growth. True peace, the peace which the world cannot give, is a gift to us from Jesus Christ,” the Pope observed in his June 26 audience with members of … Continue reading