prayer for peace

POPE'S MESSAGE | Peace isn't mass-produced but handcrafted by ordinary people

Pope Francis walked with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher May 25, the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called on the world's Christians to pray with him for peace in the Middle East, help convince governments to come to the aid of refugees and pray for Christian unity.

While peace is a gift from God, it also is built out of the day-to-day handiwork of individuals: true "artisans of peace," who are capable of crafting fraternity and reconciliation with people of all cultures and religions, he said at his general audience in St. Peter's Square May 28.

Christians, Muslims join pope in praying for peace in Syria

JERUSALEM -- At the Church of All Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane, the stone that traditionally has represented Jesus' agony was scattered with notes in different languages -- all asking for peace in Syria.

Christian leaders of the Holy Land gathered there Sept. 7, as Christians and Muslims all over the world prayed with Pope Francis for Syria.

In the West Bank and in Turkey, in Canada and the United States people gathered, responding to the papal call for prayer and fasting.

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