After two years of escalating violence in Syria, the world’s focus is now fixed there. While more than two million refugees have fled the dangers of their homeland in the last two years and that number is expected to swell in the coming months, Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Internationalis workers have been tireless in responding to the mounting refugee crisis. Pope Francis has asked us to begin our response as we begin all things, with prayer, and he has called us to make Saturday, September 7, a global day of prayer for Syria.
|The Church And Syrian Refugees
(The Catholic World Report)
“We don’t help people because they are Catholic … We help people because we are Catholic.”
— CRS CEO Sean Callahan
CRS encourages participation in this day and encourage readers to spread the word. And so we invite you to join the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in praying for our Syrian brothers and sisters:
God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.
God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end the fighting and choose a future of peace.
We pray to the Lord…