Pope Francis has called on the Catholic faithful worldwide to pray and fast for peace in Syria, on Saturday, 7 September.
Speaking ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer with pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square last Sunday, Pope Francis said:
“From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my closeness in prayer and solidarity with all the victims of this conflict, with all those who suffer, especially children, and I invite you to keep alive the hope of peace. I appeal to the international community to be more sensitive to this tragic situation and make every effort to help the beloved Syrian nation find a solution to a war that sows destruction and death.”
“Mary, Queen of Peace, Pray for us!”
Please join us in solidarity with the people of Syria to pray for peace – share the following prayer with your friends and family.
Prayer for peace in Syria
O God of peace, who are peace itself
and whom a spirit of discord cannot grasp,
nor a violent mind receive,
grant that those who are one in heart
may persevere in what is good
and that those in conflict
may forget evil and so be healed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
St John Damascene, pray for us.
Prayer text from Roman Missal © 2010 ICEL
From the website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Used with permission.