Pakistani Christians join Pope Francis for peace in Syria

The Bishops urged all Christians in Pakistan to continue to fast and pray for the Syrian people and pointed out that the initiative also involved the faithful of other religions.

Pakistan
Sep 10 2013, 7:02 PM
Pakistani Christians join Pope Francis for peace in Syria

“We want peace in the world,” said the Pakistani Bishops after joining the Pope on September 7 in celebrating the special Day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria in all the churches of the country.

"We pray for peace in Syria, together with Pope Francis. As Christians, who wish and work for peace, we hope that there is no more violence in Syria and in the world,” said the joint statement of the Bishops' Conference and Caritas Pakistan.

The Bishops urged all Christians in Pakistan to continue to fast and pray for the Syrian people and pointed out that the initiative also involved the faithful of other religions.

The Pakistani Bishops re-read during the Sunday celebrations the Pope's words during the Angelus: "No more war! Violence never brings peace; war leads to more war, violence leads to more violence".

Father Francis Nadeem of St. Joseph’s Church in Lahore said that a special prayer vigil was held with Christian and Muslim participants. At the end of the celebration everyone recited together the prayer, "God, make me an instrument of your peace", attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.

Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, President of the Episcopal Conference, had sent his message to all the churches to raise awareness among the faithful.

Father Bonnie Mendes, a member of the Executive Council of Caritas Pakistan, warned of the "serious consequences of a military attack".

"The ongoing conflict in Syria has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. As Caritas we extend our support to the people in need", said Amjad Gulzar, executive director of Caritas Pakistan.

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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