Manila to join world day of prayer for Syria

CALL FROM MANILA. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads Mania in the global day of prayer for Syria. File photo by Arcel Cometa

The head of the Catholic Church in the Philippines called on Catholics to join the global day of prayer on September 7, Saturday. Local parishes will hold Masses and prayer services on Saturday in line with the Pope’s call for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria, Catholic Church officials said. “Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G Cardinal Tagle, in a circular to all parish priests and shrine rectors in the archdiocese, asks parishes to celebrate the morning Mass on Saturday, September 7, asking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, for the people of Syria. He also encourages the faithful to have a Holy Hour for peace after the Mass,” the Manila archdiocese said in a statement. Pope Francis called for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria on Saturday, saying: “I condemn with particular force the use of chemical weapons. I still have in my mind and heart the terrible images of the past days.”

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