By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Gathered with a worldwide representation of bishops, including patriarchs and other bishops from the Middle East, Pope Francis dedicated the morning prayer of the Synod of Bishops on the family to pleas for peace in the Middle East.
Opening the synod’s session Oct. 9, Pope Francis asked the more than 300 synod participants to devote their day’s prayer to “the intention of reconciliation and peace in the Middle East.”
“We are painfully struck and follow with deep concern what is happening in Syria, in Iraq, in Jerusalem and the West Bank, where we see an escalation of violence that involves innocent civilians and continues to fuel a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions,” Pope Francis told the synod. (more)