Pope has rekindled our spirit of peace & harmony: Franciscans
In their efforts to be active promoters of peace and reconciliation, all Franciscan institutions in India joined the Pope in the day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria.
“Pope Francis has rekindled in us the spirit of St. Francis for peace and harmony, with his voice and prophetic gestures,” a statement by Franciscans in India said early this week.
The statement signed by Friar A.J. Mathew, President of the National Association of the Franciscan Families of India, reported that in their efforts to be active promoters of peace and reconciliation, all Franciscan institutions in India joined the Pope in the day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria.
Franciscans in the subcontinent is a large network of 52 religious congregations and about 165 provinces with communities distributed through several institutions in rural and urban areas.
“Pope Francis has awakened our great potential, to strengthen the mission to be peacemakers in the world. Hence, the Franciscans are effectively responding to the Pope’s call, now and for the future,” said the followers of Saint Francis.
After the intense participation in the pro-Syria Day on September 7, they proposed to the various communities, schools, universities, institutions, to continue to find time to pray together for peace in Syria and in other parts of the world, remembering all those who have died for peace and justice.
The Franciscans were asked to commit themselves particularly to reciting every day the prayer ‘God make me an instrument of your Peace’, attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. This was intended to bring in all environments and in society ‘a special message on the urgency of peace and harmony in our daily lives’, starting from the Indian context, marked by violence and social and religious conflicts.
Source: Agenzia Fides