Comunicado de prensa (CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL): El obispo Pates pregunta a los obispos, Parroquias ofrecen oración especial en agosto 17 por la paz en Irak

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Agosto 7, 2014)—El presidente del Comité de Justicia Internacional y Paz de los EE.UU.. Conferencia de obispos católicos (CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL) preguntó a los EE.UU.. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, Agosto 17. Obispo Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, made the request, Agosto 6, sending the bishops the text of a prayer written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako.

Bishop Pates recounted the struggles of Christians and others in Iraq who have faced the destruction, burning and looting of churches, homes and businesses and, under threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) to join their extremist brand of Islam, have fled for their lives. Por consiguiente, he urged Catholics to let their elected representatives know of their concern that humanitarian assistance reach Christian and other religious minorities who are suffering in Iraq, Syria and other countries.

Bishop Pates also noted Pope Franciscalls for peace in Iraq and his observation thatviolence generates more violence; dialogue is the only path to peace.

The full text of Patriarch Sako’s prayer for peace follows:

The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Por lo tanto, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.

Señor, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.

Glory be to you forever.

Palabras clave: Irak, paz, oración, obispos, CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL, parroquias, Obispo Richard E. Patés, International Justice and Peace, Pope Francis Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako, Agosto 17

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