The Pontiff spoke of the "profound desire to live in peace in the hearts of the
great majority of the Israeli and Palestinian populations, which is once again
endangered by the intense violence."
In this regard, he expressed his "well-founded hope that, with the wisdom and farsighted contribution of everyone, it will not be impossible to listen to one another, to go out to meet each other and give concrete answers to the widespread aspiration to live in peace, in security and dignity."
Benedict XVI made special mention of the pastors of the local Churches, and particularly "those of the small but fervent parish of Gaza." With these faithful, the Pope "placed at the feet of Mary the concerns of the present and the fears for the future," and he asked her intercession to "obtain from God the gift of peace for the Holy Land and for all of humanity."
Read the entire article at: http://www.zenit.org/article-24688?l=english
" I am not a priest and cannot bless them, but all that the heart of a mother can ask of God for her children, I ask of Him and will never cease to ask Him." ~ Sister Marie
Friday, January 2, 2009
Our beloved Holy Father has again asked us to pray for peace on earth in light of the recent violence erupting on the Gaza strip. He also tells of a little Church in Gaza in an article from Zenit. He speaks of it as a reason to hope. We too know of a very little chapel in Ephesus, Turkey for which we also have great reason to hope! We must join our Holy Father in prayer and we can do this in a very powerful way through the intercession of Sister Marie, Foundress of Mary's House in Ephesus, Turkey, where Muslims and Christians pray side by side in peace as they honor Mary, Mother of Jesus. Read below the words of Pope Benedict and how he again places the hope for peace at the feet of Mary: