Pope Francis has called on the Catholic faithful worldwide, other Christians and all people of good will to pray and fast for peace affected by the conflict in Syria this Saturday 7 September. He will be leading a prayer vigil from 7pm-11pm (6pm-10pm UK time) in St Peter’s Square. Speaking ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer 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.”
CAFOD will be responding to this call from Pope Francis and we invite you to join with us and the whole Church in praying for peace this Saturday. Please join us in solidarity with the people of Syria to pray for peace by downloading this prayer, which has been recommended by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and encourage your family, friends and parish community to do the same. You can also download the above flyer to print out and display in your parish, school or home by clicking here.
There are now two million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries – twice as many as there were in March and nearly ten times as many as this time last year. To find out more about how your generosity in response to CAFOD’s Syria appeal is now making a difference to those most in need visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/syria.