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Let's move forward with prayer and works of peace to achieve a just solution to the fratricidal conflictin Syria, Pope Francis during the angelus on Sunday



After the angelus the Holy Father spoke about the prayer vigil of Saturday and thanked all those who dedicated their time to the Service. He urged everyone to continue praying for peace in the world, but especially for Syria and the middle east.
I would like to thank everyone who, in various ways, joined in the Vigil of Prayer and Fasting yesterday evening, said Francis. I thank the many people who united the offering of their sufferings. I express my gratitude to the civil authorities, as well as to the members of other Christian communities and of other religions, and to men and women of good will who have undertaken, on this occasion, periods of prayer, fasting and reflection.
But the task remains: we move forward with prayer and works of peace. I invite you to continue to pray so that the violence and devastation in Syria may cease immediately and that a renewed effort be undertaken to achieve a just solution to this fratricidal conflict. Let us pray also for other countries in the Middle East, in particular for Lebanon, that it may find its hoped-for stability and continue to be a model of peaceful co-existence; for Iraq, that sectarian violence may give way to reconciliation; and that the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians may proceed with determination and courage. Finally, let us pray for Egypt, that all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, may commit themselves to build up together a society dedicated to the good of the whole population.
The Holy Father in conclusion said “The search for peace is long and demands patience and perseverance! Let us keep praying for this!




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