Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pope Francis asks for day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria

9/7/2013 - The situation in Syria seems impossible. On one side, Assad is a dictator willing to have his people suffer so he can stay in power. On the other side are the rebels, but they may be allied with Al Qaeda. We cannot support them. So what do we do?
We simply cannot allow these groups to use chemical weapons. They cause the most horrible suffering, and the people in Syria have suffered enough. We can't just sit back and let this continue. The U.S. has the military capability to stop this. Another problem is that both Assad and the rebels are reported to have used chemical weapons. So what do we do here?
This really is an impossible situation with no clear answers. In fact, this is beyond our ability to come up with a solution. We must turn to God. Pope Francis recognizes the difficulties in Syria and has asked that today, Sept. 7, 2013 be a day of fasting and prayer throughout the world.

Please join in praying for peace in Syria.

Please read this statement by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates

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