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A Prayer For the People of Syria

Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace...

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The Catholic principle of Just War 

Learn more about the Church's teachings on Just War:

Theological and Moral Perspectives on Today's Challenge of Peace

The Harvest of Justice is Sown in Peace

A Pastoral Message: Living With Faith and Hope After September 11

The problem with torture: Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI's World Day of Peace Message, 2006

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The Light of Faith

Read more of the Pope's thoughts on peace and hope in his first encyclical Lumen Fidei.

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Syria

 

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DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYER

On September 7, 2013, 100,000 people joined Pope Francis for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. Across the globe, millions more participated.

Text and Video of His Homily

Latest USCCB Statement

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Current News Releases and Articles

Press Conference on Syria - Opening Remarks
September 11, 2013

Statement on Syria
USCCB Administrative Committee, September 10, 2013

Letter to Congress on Syria
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 5, 2013

Letter to President Obama Regarding Syria
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 4, 2013

Action Alert:  Urge Congress to Choose Dialogue and Diplomacy in Syria!
September 3, 2013

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Joins Pope Francis' Call for Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria
USCCB News Release, September 3, 2013

U.S. Catholics urged to join day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 3, 2013

"Never again war! Peace is a precious gift"
September 7th, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria.

Pope Francis, Angelus, September 1, 2013

Western church leaders warn against intervention in Syria
CNS Story, August 26, 2013

Pope denounces 'multiplication of massacres,' atrocities in Syria
CNS Story, August 26, 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Regarding Syria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, August 29, 2013

Joint Letter to Secretary of State Kerry on Syria
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, June 19, 2013


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Other Documents

Letter to National Security Advisor on Syria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 29, 2013

Cardinal Dolan Prays for Return of Orthodox Archbishops Kidnapped in Syria
April 26, 2013

Letter to National Security Advisor on Syria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 13, 2012

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