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Pope Announces World Prayer Day For Syria
France 24 ^ | September 1,2013 | France 24

Posted on 09/01/2013 12:42:47 PM PDT by Biggirl

AFP - Pope Francis has called for the world to unite in a day of fasting and prayer for Syria on Saturday and said "God and history" would judge anyone using chemical weapons.

"May the cry for peace enter the hearts of everyone so that they may all lay down their weapons," the pope told thousands of pilgrims at the Vatican on Sunday.

(Excerpt) Read more at france24.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: francis; jordan; popefrancis; prayer; romancatholicism; syria

1 posted on 09/01/2013 12:42:47 PM PDT by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl

Good luck with all that.


2 posted on 09/01/2013 12:44:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Well now the President and John Kerry has all they need to bomb Syria. The Pope just verified it was chemical weapons.


3 posted on 09/01/2013 12:46:38 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

No he did not — he made a general statement.

All he said was: “God and history” would judge anyone using chemical weapons.”

It is like saying: “God and history will judge anyone promoting homosexuality and same-sex “marriage”.


4 posted on 09/01/2013 12:54:02 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Biggirl

So, when is this World Day of Prayer? Or did it already happen - yesterday?


5 posted on 09/01/2013 12:55:35 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all.)
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To: Biggirl

I will pray that your pope will pray for Israel but we know that ain’t gonna happen...


6 posted on 09/01/2013 1:00:08 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: 353FMG

Hey, as far as Supreme leader Obama and Kerry are concerned, what the Pope said was enough.


7 posted on 09/01/2013 1:02:32 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Biggirl

I don’t think I could pray for islamists, but for their victims, predominantly Christians.


8 posted on 09/01/2013 1:03:54 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

Syria is a complex case, and probably the best thing we can do is pray for it. Things weren’t good in hat part of the ME before, but Bambi has really stirred up, muddied, confused and inflamed it - all at once.


9 posted on 09/01/2013 1:08:09 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

.....Translation, Obama hit a big hornet’s nest that should have been left alone.


10 posted on 09/01/2013 1:14:27 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: onedoug

Pray for the protection of the Christians of the Middle East.


11 posted on 09/01/2013 1:15:23 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Iscool

He most likely does, just does not make a big deal of it.


12 posted on 09/01/2013 1:16:22 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Iscool; Biggirl
Pope Francis considering Israel visit next year
13 posted on 09/01/2013 1:20:27 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Biggirl

The article is dated today, Sept. 1, so it’s reasonable to assume the Holy Father is talking about next Saturday, Sept. 7.

Hopefully there will be a detailed notice from a Vatican source, so we know for sure.


14 posted on 09/01/2013 1:24:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick (One drink away from telling everyone what I really think.)
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To: Biggirl
Oh here it is, it's Sept, 7 - next Saturday.

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.

Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mat, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/articolo.asp?c=724673 of the Vatican Radio website

15 posted on 09/01/2013 1:25:22 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all.)
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To: Biggirl; flaglady47; oswegodeee; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; Bob Ireland; Bizzy Bugz; ...
A decade or two ago, the British royal family suffered a considerable loss of prestige and dignity when it decided to wrap itself in a cloak of "common-ness" to try to identify with the "the average bloke on the street". They started going to great extremes to open their family life, even their personal living quarters and the like to the public and to a cynical media. It didn't work.

Solemnity and mystique in leaders may mean nothing to most Americans, but to many folks of other nationalities and religions these qualities are important to their everyday emotional perceptions.

They may or may not appreciate a "folksy" king, queen or pope. However, it didn't work out that well for the Windsors.....so they tightened ship after a short while of trying unsuccessfully to act like the family next door.

This Pope appears to have adopted a "humble", "social justice" persona. I hope he's not inclined to overdo it.....as it will whittle away at the wonderful majesty and dignity of the office he holds.

Leni

16 posted on 09/01/2013 1:38:09 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Biggirl

I don’t mean to be dense or uncaring here, but what is the difference in outrage if 1,500 people are shot or bombed??


17 posted on 09/01/2013 1:41:15 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thank-you for the reminder!


18 posted on 09/01/2013 1:55:42 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

Amen!


19 posted on 09/01/2013 2:10:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Biggirl
From the U. S. Bishops:

Prayer for Peace in Syria

 

God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.

God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
Amen.

Petition: For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end the fighting and choose a future of peace.


20 posted on 09/01/2013 2:13:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Iscool; Biggirl
World Jewish Congress head praises Pope Francis (Jewish-Catholic ties "best in 2,000 years)"

...and

Pope Francis declares: “Anti-Semitism goes against Christianity – as pope I will not tolerate any expression of anti-Semitism”

So... this raises the question: Why do some people try to drive a wedge between the Pope and Israel? It can only hurt both Catholics and Jews. Is it inadvertent? Or is it just a case of killing two birds with one stone?

We of the Catholic community have been told --- at least dozens of times--- at Mass or in the Liturgy of the Hours: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem".

21 posted on 09/01/2013 2:17:42 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all.)
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To: Biggirl

Glad to participate.


22 posted on 09/01/2013 2:19:41 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: dfwgator

If a person knows next to nothing about a situation, the best thing he can do is not show his ignorance by talking. The Mahdi proved it when he opened his pie hole about Skippy Gates and St. Trayvon of the Skittles (SBUH). Now the Pope’s starting to make love to the same Tar Baby.


23 posted on 09/01/2013 2:21:59 PM PDT by libstripper (])
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To: libstripper
If a person knows next to nothing about a situation, the best thing he can do is not show his ignorance by talking.

"You want to learn the first rule you'd know if you'd ever spent a day in your life? You never open your mouth 'til you know what the shot is. You ----ing child."

24 posted on 09/01/2013 2:23:26 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tax-chick
Makes sense.

One thing we all like about Tax-chick.

25 posted on 09/01/2013 2:30:40 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Don't get het up or in a dither." - Smiley Blanton (1882-1966))
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To: Salvation
THanks, Salvation.

I'm going to print some of these up and bring them to church for the people who go to daily Mass.

26 posted on 09/01/2013 2:34:47 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("All the way to heaven is heaven, because Christ said, 'I am the Way.'" - St. Catherine of Siena)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thank you. In my life situation, one most focus on the detailed and the concrete.

I’ll write “Fasting and Prayer for Syria” on my calendar for Saturday. Why not? Why on earth would we NOT want to invoke God’s mercy for suffering people in a terrible situation?


27 posted on 09/01/2013 2:37:31 PM PDT by Tax-chick (One drink away from telling everyone what I really think.)
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To: libstripper; dfwgator
Look, 100,000 people have died already in the Syrian civil war. Multiples of that homeless and injured. Is there some reason why a Christian pastor -- any Christian pastor --- should not ask for prayers for peace?
28 posted on 09/01/2013 2:41:24 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("All the way to heaven is heaven, because Christ said, 'I am the Way.'" - St. Catherine of Siena)
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To: libstripper

You are aware that there’s a large number (relatively speaking) of Christians in Syria, right? Oh, I guess not.


29 posted on 09/01/2013 2:46:38 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

And those Christians will be worse off if Obama gets his way.


30 posted on 09/01/2013 2:47:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Exactly. Plus how could it hurt to pray for peace???


31 posted on 09/01/2013 2:51:34 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

Didn’t say it would necessarily hurt.....But we’re not talking about rational people in that part of the world.


32 posted on 09/01/2013 2:52:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Pope Francis declares: “Anti-Semitism goes against Christianity – as pope I will not tolerate any expression of anti-Semitism”

So... this raises the question: Why do some people try to drive a wedge between the Pope and Israel? It can only hurt both Catholics and Jews. Is it inadvertent? Or is it just a case of killing two birds with one stone?

The title of the link is very misleading in the context of this conversation...The Catholic position on who are Semites goes back to the family of Noah...

Semitic people in the eyes of the Catholic religion consists of Jews and Arabs...Your pope's claim has nothing to do with defending Israel from attacks, politically or militarily from the Arabs...In fact, your religion is justified in protecting the muzlim Semites from Israel...

It is well established that your popes look forward to and encourage a division of Israel and Jerusalem back to the 1948 borders...That is not defending Israel nor is it protecting Israel...That is anti-Israel...

33 posted on 09/01/2013 3:22:33 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Iscool
I am honestly weary of attempts to undermine Catholic-Jewish relations. Just a couple of years ago, Pope Benedict was severely criticized by some Freepers when he indicated support for a two-state solution that was praised at the time by Shimon Peres and Bibi Netanyahu. Can't win, I guess.

Here's a little of what was bandied around on Pope/Israel relations:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2621596/replies?c=44

...and...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2528661/posts?page=29#29

BTW, What is your church doing to defend Israel? And what has your church done to protect Chaldean, Assyrian,and Coptic Christians in Iraq? Syria, and Egypt? What resources has your church put into these tasks: staff, budget, public statements? Links, please. Just curious.

34 posted on 09/01/2013 4:46:16 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (The Jews are connected with God in a special way, and God does not allow that bond to fail. - PBXVI)
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To: Iscool
"Semitic people in the eyes of the Catholic religion consists of Jews and Arabs..."

Grasping at straws much? I'm not a big fan of Francis, but this is clearly an open-shut case.

During a meeting with an Israeli leader, Francis states that anti-Semitism goes against Christianity. But you claim that he is really making a veiled pro-arab comment? Please. At this point you're just embarrassing yourself.

35 posted on 09/01/2013 9:00:55 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
Francis states that anti-Semitism goes against Christianity.

I would wager that most anti-Semitism does not come from Christians. The NAZI's were most definitely NOT Christian.

36 posted on 09/01/2013 9:04:29 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
"Semitic people in the eyes of the Catholic religion consists of Jews and Arabs..."

At this point you're just embarrassing yourself.

And now I'm going to embarrass you...

Read it and weep

37 posted on 09/01/2013 9:33:49 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Iscool
The simplicity of this appears to be going way over your head. The pope was talking to and about Israelis when referring to Semites. Obviously, he using the term Semite as it is commonly understood -- ie to refer to Jewish people.

There is this little thing called Context that you should really brush up on.

38 posted on 09/01/2013 10:17:08 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: A CA Guy
Well now the President and John Kerry has all they need to bomb Syria. The Pope just verified it was chemical weapons.

Not exactly - overhead statement and said God and History will be the judges - not Zero and Zeroette...

39 posted on 09/02/2013 2:29:10 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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