On Sept 7, starting 7 pm until midnight at St Peter’s Square (Italy UTC + 01:00), Pope Francis asked each and every religious person and those against war to join him “gather together in prayer, in a spirit of penitence, to ask from God this great gift [of peace] for the beloved Syrian nation and for all the situations of conflict and violence in the world.”
Pope Francis, pontiff of the Roman Catholic church, has called on all people of faith, regardless of religious sect or affiliations, to observe Sept 7 as a global day of prayer and fasting for Syria condoning the use of chemical weapons as a means to settle any domestic or international conflict.
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“Never again war!” Pope Francis said. By “again,” he obviously referred to the Second World War of 1939 to 1945 of which he was able to personally witness the destruction, loss of lives as well as after effects as rehabilitation and rebuilding started to take place. Pope Francis was born on Dec 17, 1936. “War brings on war! Violence brings on violence.” “We want a peaceful world,” he said, “We want to be men and women of peace.”
The spiritual leader of the 1.2-billion strong Roman Catholic faith continued to urge both sides that any conflict will not be ended with another conflict. Instead, “listen to the voice of their conscience and with courage take up the way of negotiations.”
“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!” “All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace,”he charged.”I forcefully condemn the use of chemical weapons,” he said. “I tell you I have impressed in my mind and heart the images of what happened in the last days.”
“There is the judgment of God, and also the judgment of history, upon our actions,” he said, “from which there is no escaping.”
As the International Director for Prayer Ministries I ask you to consider sharing this call to prayer with your networks and bringing before God the needs of the children caught up in this war.
Children need us as adults to stand with them for safety and protection against this horrendous use of chemical weapons. Children need us to pray and act towards resolution. Speak UP in Prayer & Speak up to your decision makers.
For the sake of each little precious child please pray and act together. I will send around an email within the next 24 hours to the adopt an hour website which will be a sign up sheet to commit to pray for one hour during this time zone and we can place this on a google map and share with you all those who decided to join this venture to pray.
Lord Have Mercy