Monday, September 9, 2013

UPDATED -- Pope Francis: 'Never ... lose hope.'

UPDATED
You can watch the entire prayer vigil on the Vatican YouTube Channel, or watch below:

Read the text of his homily on Vatican.va here.

Did you pray and fast for peace in Syria on Saturday? Thousands in Rome and around the world did:

From Catholic News Service:

By Francis X. Rocca

Prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square (CNS photo)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading a crowd in prayer for peace in Syria, Pope Francis said that war is ultimately caused by selfishness, which can be overcome only though expressions of fraternity and never with violence.

"Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, conquer your deadly reasoning, and open yourself to dialogue and reconciliation," the pope said Sept. 7 before an estimated 100,000 people in St. Peter's Square.
The pope had called the prayer vigil less than a week earlier, as the central event of a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world. Read the entire report here.

The Holy Father tweeted:
From Rome Reports:

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