Pope invites Abbas, Peres Home to Pray
The following guest post by Fr. Rob Waller is from his blog, With Open Doors, today. Fr. Waller, whose parish works closely with a parish in Beit Jala (Bethlehem), has been posting regular comments on Pope Francis’s visit to the Holy Land, and has blogged from his own trips to Beit Jala and holy sites in Israel. Click here to see them.
Come to My House to Pray!
Many times many voices have invited the two sides to sit down and talk or to come together to negotiate. Never have I heard anyone invite them to do this!
BETHLEHEM – 25.05.2014
Manger Square : Invitation of the Pope to Abbas and Perez
In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace. I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.
All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers. All of us – especially those placed at the service of their respective peoples – have the duty to become instruments and artisans of peace, especially by our prayers.
Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a constant torment. The men and women of these lands, and of the entire world, all of them, ask us to bring before God their fervent hopes for peace.
Fr. Rob Waller is Pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Milford (OH).
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