A strong appeal for peace: “War never again!” Marked the Pope Francis’ speech this Sunday, September 1, at the Marian Prayer Angelus. The Pope therefore decided to “proclaim to the whole Church, on the 7th of September, the vigil of the Nativity of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, Middle East, and the whole world. ”
In a statement released on Wednesday, September 4, the Shalom Catholic Community gathered in the General Assembly calls on all its members to join in prayer for the Pope Francisco in his great appeal for a solution of Peace.
“We ask the Community to be present to the liturgical acts in their Particular Churches, besides opening the doors of our houses and Evangelization Centers to receive all who wish to be united in prayer to “the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace!”(Pope Fracis, Angelus, September 1st, 2013)”, continues the statement signed by the founder and general moderator of the community, Moyses Azevedo.
Moyses highlights “that prayer and fasting are powerful tools to move the hearts of all involved to hear the voice of their conscience and propel them to the encounter, dialogue and peace.”
Vatican Radio reported that the program for Saturday in Rome is still being defined. St. Peter’s Square will be open to all, from 16:30 local time, with no need of a ticket. The Pope’s arrival is scheduled for 19h. There will be the enthronement of the Marian image of the “Salus Populi Romani”, the prayer of the Rosary and a meditation from the Pontiff with a renewed call for peace. The end of the vigil is scheduled for 23h.
Read the full statement: