JERUSALEM: Local Christian communities fast and pray for peace in the Middle East.
As Israel and Hamas agree for a truce; prayers and fasting to be held in the coming days in all the local Christian communities so as to pray, that “the Almighty God gives the gift of peace” in the region. As the reports say, on Friday evening, in the parish of St. James in Beit Hanina a mass for peace and for the end of the war was celebrated by Bishop Williaby Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Gerusalemnme. Earlier that day, as every Friday, Father Mario Cornioli, a priest in Beit Jala, celebrates a Mass under the olive trees of the Cremisan Valley and then together with the congregation recited prayers in front of the separation wall built by the Israeli authorities.
While prior to this 0n Wednesday, July 30th, Archbishop Maroun Laham, Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, already celebrated a Mass for peace in the church of Our Lady of Nazareth in Sweifieh. In his homily the Archbishop said, “Tonight we are here, to pray for Gaza, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya. We pray every day, we are confident that our Father who is in heaven hears our voice and sees what is happening”.
In the meantime, in Egypt, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, Tawadros II called on the Coptic Christians to join a 15-day fasting, from 7 to 22 August, to invoke for an end to the suffering of the people of Gaza. While the Catholic Churches in Egypt have already started fasting that will continue until the 15th of August to pray for the suffering people of the Middle East.
The Papal Foundation Aid to the Church in Need, on the same wave length with the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Louis Raphael I Sako, called on “all men of good will” to join the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Iraq proclaimed for Tuesday, August 6th.