People of a country torn by long wars fast for peace in Syria

In his message to the faithful, the Cardinal of Saigon stressed the importance of dialogue in order for justice to be done for the benefit of all.

Vietnam
Sep 10 2013, 6:34 PM
People of a country torn by long wars fast for peace in Syria

Vietnamese Catholics responded en masse to Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Saigon's appeal to join Pope Francis and fellow Catholics around the world last Saturday for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria.

"The Vietnamese know about long wars," Joseph Hung, one of the many Caritas volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City, said that they hence appreciated peace even more. "We do not want war to happen to another country," he said.

A variety of vigils and prayers "for conflict areas" were organised in Ho Chi Minh City's 200 parishes, which together have almost 700,000 members. On the archbishop's suggestion, they held ‘an hour of Eucharistic Adoration and prayer for peace’ from 7 to 8 pm.

For the day of prayer, Caritas Saigon also got involved. "We prayed together, in a spirit of penance, to ask God's blessing and peace for Syria and the people of that country," said Sister Lan.

"We turned to the Virgin Mary for peace in West Asia and Syria," she said as she called for patience, daily prayer, and trust in God's providence, adding that we should "never forget to pray to Our Lady to stop crimes and terrorism."

In his message to the faithful, the Cardinal of Saigon stressed the importance of dialogue in order for justice to be done for the benefit of all.

He also called for “people of good will to work together to build a culture of life and a civilisation of love, not only in Vietnam but also around the world. Injustice in society must be reduced and the traces of those who promote a culture of death must be erased.”

On the eve of the day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, West Asia and the world, Pope Francis had called on Christians, members of other religions and people of good will to be an instrument of reconciliation and peace.

All over the world, Christians and Muslims alike, filled squares like Saint Peter's in praying for peace.

Source: AsiaNews

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