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Prayers for Syria

Dawn Gibson
Monday, September 09, 2013

CATHOLICS around the country and other church denominations have echoed the call of the Pope for fasting and prayers for the crisis in Syria.

Last week, Pope Francis asked Christians around the world to dedicate Saturday, September 7, to fast and pray for those caught in the conflicts around the world, particularly in the troubled Syrian region.

In Catholic parishes around Fiji yesterday, worshippers sought divine intervention in the suffering endued in the war, which is being threatened into escalation with the possible involvement of the world's superpowers.

The Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma's secretary for communication, Reverend James Bhagwan, said within their faith, parishioners were always encouraged to pray for Fiji's brothers and sisters in Syria.

"We have been encouraging our members to remember our peacekeepers in their prayers, especially during the crisis in Egypt which impacts our brothers and sisters serving with MFO in Sinai and also with the civil war in Syria where our brothers and sisters are serving as UN Observers are based in the Golan Heights," Mr Bhagwan said yesterday.

"At the same time we are continuing to pray for our country as we move towards elections and for unity and reconciliation in our own communities."

Around the world, people joined the Pope who came before hundreds of thousands of others in a five-hour mass at Saint Peter's Square and challenged them to re-think their approach to problem-solving.

"How many conflicts, how many wars have mocked our history?

"Even today we raise our hand against our brother … we have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death.

"Violence and war lead only to death," the Pope was quoted as saying.

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