July 16, 2013
(Mat 24:6-8) And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass: but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And there shall be pestilences and famines and earthquakes in places. Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows.
VATICAN RADIO: Catholics urged to pray for victims of Syria conflict
The head of the bishops conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols presided at a Mass in London’s Westminster Cathedral on Friday to pray for all those suffering the effects of the civil war in Syria.
In a statement issued earlier in the week, all of the English and Welsh Church leaders called on Catholics to pray for a peaceful solution to the conflict and to offer whatever practical support they can through aid agencies that are operating in the region.
The bishops first appealed for solidarity with the people of Syria following their plenary meeting last autumn, asking the Catholic community to make December 4th, feast day of St John Damascene, a day of prayer for all those suffering from violence and injustice in the region. Since then the conflict in Syria has intensified with the death toll now reaching 100.000.
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ZENIT: Please Pray for Egypt
The UK head of a charity that supports persecuted Christians is calling on people to pray for peace in Egypt after a sudden spike in attacks on Copts in the wake of President Morsi’s dramatic downfall.
Neville Kyrke-Smith of Aid to the Church in Need, whose fact-finding trip to Egypt coincided with the demonstrations that preceded Mohammed Morsi’s fall from power, spoke of his concern about a “specific and targeted assault” on Christians across the country since the change of regime.
Mr Kyrke-Smith, National Director of ACN UK, said: “At this critical time in Egypt – as reports come in of recent attacks on churches in the regions – it is very important to pray for peace in Egypt for Christians and all peoples.
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