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September 4, 2013

Pope Francis Echos Cry of Bl. John Paul II, "NO MORE WAR!"

Bl. John Paul II  was the Pope of Human Rights, in the fight against violence. After the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers, Bl. John Paul II called for avoidance of the idea it was a war between civilizations. “Father of everyone, listen to the unanimous cries of your children. No more war, the adventure with no return. No more war, the spiral of violence and mourning.”--Bl John Paul II  Read More on Life of John Paul II

Pope Francis once again repeats the CRY FOR WORLD PEACE as he addressed tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square,“Never again war!” said Pope Francis. “We want a peaceful world,” he said, “we want to be men and women of peace.”

 The pope made a long heartfelt , impassioned appeal for peace in Syria and across the Middle East, saying God and history would be the judge of those who promoted violence or prevented peace. "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.  On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 7PM TILL MIDNIGHT, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.

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! I think of many children who will not see the light of the future! 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! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence. “Never again war!” said Pope Francis. “We want a peaceful world,” he said, “we want to be men and women of peace.”

To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative. May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and let themselves be led by the desire for peace.

"Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!"Read it online

I  hear once more in the urgent plea of Pope Francis words the echo of Bl. John Paul II' heart felt cry  in his prayer to Our Lady when He consecrated the the World and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples, we also entrust to you this very consecration of the world, placing it in your motherly Heart.

Bl. John Paul with Fatima Statue Rome 1984

Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!

From famine and war, deliver us. 

From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war,  deliver us. 

From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us. 

From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us. 

From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us. 

From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us. 
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us. 
From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us. 
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us. 

Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.  Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world', sin in all its manifestations. Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”.  Read More...

Bl. John Paul II at Fatima--1988
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