Last Sunday at his Angelus address Pope Francis spoke about the current situation in Syria and the Middle East
He said, “I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are Inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.”
He added, “To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.
“On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.”
Prayer and Intercession for Peace in Syria
God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Comfort those who suffer violence,
Console those who mourn the dead,
Give strength to Syria’s neighbouring countries to welcome the refugees
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms.
And protect those who are committed to peace.
God of hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies.
Inflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people of Syria
And give us hope for a future built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace and Light of the world.
In response to the Holy Father’s request, St Teresa’s church will be open for prayer and adoration this Saturday, after the evening Mass, from 7pm until midnight.
The full text of his address can be found at