February 17 Ecumenical Prayer for Syria | Custodia Terrae Sanctae

February 17 Ecumenical Prayer for Syria

This Friday, February 17th at 17:00, the Center SabeelTheological Center organizes an Ecumenical Prayer for Syria in the St. Stephen Church (Jerusalem). It echoes the words of Pope Benedict XVI at the Angelus on Sunday, February 12th.

The Palestinian Christian group Sabeel, an ecumenical center in Jerusalem for Palestinian Liberation Theology, initiated this prayer. Committed to developing a spirituality based on justice, peace, nonviolence, and reconciliation, Sabeel invites everyone to come and pray this Friday at 17:00 at the St. Stephen Church (*) for Peace in Syria. On the Sunday Angelus, the Pope renewed with emotion his proximity to the people of the Middle East: “I am following with deep apprehension the dramatic and escalating episodes of violence in Syria. In the past few days they have taken a heavy toll of victims. I remember in prayer the victims among whom are several children, the injured and all those who are suffering the consequences of an ever more worrying conflict.”

Benedict XVI then addressed an appeal “to put an end to violence and bloodshed.” inviting everyone “to give priority to the way of dialogue, of reconciliation and of the commitment to peace.”A will that is also defended by the General Assembly of the United Nations which voted on a resolution on February 16th. This UN project seeks to condemn the repression in Syria. It also demands to the Syrian government to end its attacks against the civilian population. Several thousand dead people have been counted from the start of the repression in March 2011. Especially in recent days in Homs. Where many Christians live.

Amélie de La Hougue
Source: Latin Patriarchate

(*) St. Stephen's Monastery: Nablus Road 6 - POB 19053 - 91190 Jerusalem (Tel. 972 2626 44 68)