September 2013

Cardinal Tong calls for fasting and prayer
(Saturday, 7 September 2013 )

Hong Kong (SE): John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, has expressed his support for Pope Francis’ proclamation of September 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, as a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world.

He appealed to the faithful of Hong Kong to fast and pray on the day, and suggests this prayer from the Aid to the Church in Need: ...

Pope names September 7 as day of prayer for peace
(Saturday, 7 September 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): “I repeat forcefully; it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue,” Pope Francis said in an appeal for peace in Syria at an address prior to his midday angelus on September 1 in St. Peter’s Square.

In saying that encounter and dialogue are the only way to peace...