At the Angelus Pope Francis condemns the use of weapons and adds his voice to the cry rising up from every part of the world
War never again!
The Church is called to fast and pray on 7 September for a resolution to the crisis**
At the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 1 September, Pope Francis spoke out strongly against the violence that is escalating in Syria, with an urgent plea to all parties involved as well as all Christians throughout the world asking them to work “in whatever way they can” for peace. To this end, Saturday, 7 September, has been proclaimed a day of fasting and prayer for the universal Church. The following is the English text of the Holy Father’s appeal, which was given in Italian.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Hello! Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.
There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming.
I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence. With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict. With similar vigour I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people.
May no effort be spared in guaranteeing humanitarian assistance to those wounded by this terrible conflict, in particular those forced to flee and the many refugees in nearby countries. May humanitarian workers, charged with the task of alleviating the sufferings of these people, be granted access so as to provide the necessary aid.
What can we do to make peace in the world? As Pope John said, it pertains to each individual to establish new relationships in human society under the mastery and guidance of justice and love (cf. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, [11 April 1963]: AAS 55, , 301-302).
All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity!
I repeat forcefully: it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.
May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and be let themselves be led by the desire for peace.
To this end, brothers and sisters,** I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September, 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 I also invite 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.** On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, **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!
After the Angelus the Pope said:
Mary Queen of Peace, pray for us! Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us! …**
Count me in. Thanks for posting that.
Just got an email from my parish. We are fasting from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday (bread and water if possible) and having the rosary, adoration and benediction on Saturday afternoon before our evening Mass.
This is a great thing for all of Catholics to be a part of. Count me in for rosary
Patriarch Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, has called for prayers for Middle East Christians during this time of crisis.“We have many challenges, we have many problems,” …
In the world’s most populous Muslim country, many approve and adhere to the pope’s call for a day of prayer and fasting next Saturday. One activist praises the Church for encouraging Muslims to come out for peace. Semarang archbishop appeals “to the faithful of all religions.”
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has made a plea to the whole world to join in prayer on September 7th in order to pray for an end to the violence in Syria.
There is another thread on this forum entitled “War Never Again! Prayer and Fasting with Pope Francis, on September 7”. It has received a grand total of three responses. I urge all you to read it.
The Pope is asking all of us to join together in order to pray for peace. Prayer can and has changed the events of world history. We are facing an extremely dire situation that could have serious consequences for the whole world, not to mention the poor people in Syria who are already suffering greatly.
This is what the Pope said, in part:
"All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity!"
How many of you will join us on September 7th?
I will join our Pope in a prayer for peace this Saturday.
Sure… that’s something I think we can all pray for together.
Count me in!
I am joining prayers for peace on Saturday. How about you?
Yes, most of my day will be in Church. Morning Mass, 3 Holy Hours, 8 to 9am, 12 to 1pm, and 6 to 7 pm. I really didn’t plan all that myself but some how the Good Lord gave it to me. Two of the Holy Hours I am subbing for someone. What a wonderful day for it to be on, for our Holy Father. God Bless, Memaw
Prayer for sure! And I’ll write my representatives letters urging caution in escalating this war.
Global Day of Prayer.
You want world peace? It doesn’t come from the purchase of bumper stickers.
Is great to see this type of leadership.
My mother and I will be joining in!
Several days ago I wrote letters to everyone of Ohio’s elected officials and the White House telling them of my opposition to any bombing in Syria. Each and every one of them wrote me back and very nicely told me thanks but no thanks we have to do something. So, I should have just stuck with prayer as God is really the place to be turning anyway. Certainly I will join in!
That’s a disturbing response from your elected officials. The political leaders in PA, where I live, are on the fence the last I saw, so I encourage anyone here from PA to write our leaders. I think we need to do both–pray, yes…and also make our voices heard to our elected officials. I’ll be with you all in prayer and fasting on Saturday.