LAHORE: Pakistani Bishops urge Christians in Pakistan to continue to pary and fast for Syrian people.
According to details, Pakistani Bishops expressed their concerns for the Syrian people saying, “We pray for peace in Syria, together with Pope Francis. As Christians, who wish and work for peace, we hope that there is no more violence in Syria and in the world. We want peace in the world.”
In line with a note sent by the Pakistani Bishops to Fides declared unity with Pope’s appeal, once having observed “Day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria” in all the churches of Pakistan.
In a joint statement of the Bishops’ Conference and Caritas Pakistan, sent to Fides, the Bishops urged all Christians in Pakistan,” to continue to fast and pray for the Syrian people, pointing out that the initiative also involves the faithful of other religions.”
The Pakistani Bishops revisited during the Sunday service the words of Pope Francis during the Angelus where he said, “No more war! Violence never brings peace: war leads to more war, violence leads to more violence.”
The Archbishop of Karachi and President of the Episcopal Conference Joseph Coutts dispatched a message to all the Churches saying,” Raise awareness among the faithful.”
Fr. Bonnie Mendes- member of the Executive Council of Caritas Pakistan cautioned of the sombre consequences of a military attack on Syria.
As reported Fr. Francis Nadeem, OFM Cap, held special prayer vigil at the Church of St. Joseph in Lahore that was attended by Christian and Muslim participants. At the end of the prayer service the congregation collectively recited the prayer, “God, make me an instrument of your peace”, attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.
Amjad Gulzar- Executive Director of Caritas Pakistan said, “The ongoing conflict in Syria has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. As Caritas we extend our support to the people in need.”