Skip to comments.China thanks Pope for his appeal for peace in Syria
Posted on 09/02/2013 8:35:06 AM PDT by NYer
Beijing ( AsiaNews) - The appeal of Pope Francis for peace in Syria "is wise and true, and we Chinese are with him . We do not want to see conflicts in the Middle East any longer, we are opposed to any attack by the United States against the government Damascus. As the pontiff said War begets war, violence begets violence.' Pope Francis, thank you for these words". These are the thoughts of two senior Chinese government officials, who want to remain anonymous who have spoken to AsiaNews about Francis' appeal at yesterday's Angelus and more generally the figure of the new Pope.
The two officials deal with relations between cultures and religions in China: " The Chinese government - they explain - is not familiar with the new pope but appreciates many things about him, from his simplicity to the speeches he has made to the Christian world . You could even make compare Francis and the new Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has brought some good changes to the country. Even Xi is simple and friendly, he wants the common good of his people, just like the Pope".
The Chinese people "have seen Francis on television and internet. Its clear to everyone that he is a really great pontiff, a ' good father ', although we are still trying to get to know him better. It is our heartfelt hope that with him there might be an improvement in relations between China and the universal Church that Beijing and the Vatican can draw closer in the future. We love this Pope, even if until now has not spoken openly of the Chinese situation".
On the other hand, they continue, "after the great economic and social development our country needs to improve relations with other religions, especially the Catholic Church. With the Muslims of Xinjiang and with the Buddhists of Tibet our relationships have been complicated by politics, we are afraid that they want to divide the country. Instead we know that the Church does not seek does not bring division and war but peace and serenity. "
Regarding the new Vatican Secretary of State , Msgr. Pietro Parolin , they say: "We do not know him well yet, but we know that he spent a lot of time promoting ties between the Vatican and Vietnam. And not long after his involvement the two countries established diplomatic relations. We do not believe that Beijing will follow in the footsteps of Hanoi on this issue, but of course there is the will to move ahead".
Matteo Ricci, pray for us.
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,
Petition: For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end the fighting and choose a future of peace.
The American People don’t want this any more than you do, however our AntiChrist president seems to want to start a war so his military contractor buddies can get rich and fill his back pockets with lots of cash plus he wants to bring about this Apocalypse thing so he can get his rise to power started. If you do decide to nuke please aim it at the one responsible, not the American People.
A True Patriot
P.S. you might eant to check his schedule first. He does take a LOT of vacations and is usually out on the golf course (not doing his job I might add)