We’ve talked about various options in Syria. Pope Francis I has now weighed in:
War never again! Never again war!
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 2, 2013
“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming,” the pope said, an apparent reference to the threatened airstrikes.
“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed!”” However, the pope also said that people who use chemical weapons – as the Syrian government has been accused of doing – will face divine judgement.
Here is his tweet on the matter:
With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 3, 2013
and didn’t mince words in his sermon
“With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable!”
Ok he doesn’t want war, and he doesn’t want Chemical Weapons used so what’s his plan of action?
“For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced.
It will be “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout world.”
The vigil will take place on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace. Those who can will gather in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. until midnight: other local Churches are requested to join in the fasting and prayer by gathering together.
So the Pope has called for Catholics worldwide to fast and pray on Sept 7th for peace in Syria. It’s a very biblical solution. Mark writes of a demon that couldn’t be driven out by Jesus’ disciples and after Jesus takes care of it they asked him.
When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private, “Why could we not drive it out?” He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.“
I can see our secular friends guffawing. I can see the left that was happy to invoke previous calls by previous Popes for peace when George W Bush was president, saying it’s not enough. I can see Nancy Pelosi as she beats the drum for war dismiss this and I can see the MSM suddenly finding these pronouncements not as newsworthy as they might have been 10 years ago.
Fasting and prayer are of course never a bad thing but realistically can this solve Syria’s problem. I’ll believe fasting and prayer can bringing peace to Syria when the NAACP & the KKK start having meetings.
NAACP-KKK meeting in Wyo. believed to be a first
Never forget With God all things are possible.
Via Live at Five.
Update: It’s just been confirmed that due to a logistics issue not only is the DaTechGuy on DaRadio remote at the Nashoba club Restaurant scheduled for Saturday Sept 7th postponed to Sept 14th but this week’s show is going to have to be taped Tomorrow or Friday.
By an odd coincidence this leaves me totally free on Saturday to fast and pray as the Pope requests.
This is what we in the church call a “sign”