Roman Catholic Christians in Jerusalem will today observe with Roman Catholic Christians all over the world, fasting and prayers for peace in the middle east, especially in Syria and Egypt. The day of fasting and prayers was called by the Roman Catholic church pontiff, Pope Francis. The prayers and fasting will also be held at the Vatican city.
In a report on Vatican radio, monitored by chidi opara reports, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, William Shomali, was quoted to have said that “we took very seriously this wish of his Holiness. The Catholics of Jerusalem will meet at Gethsemane Church on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. for an hour of adoration. We invited all the Catholic community of Jerusalem, even the non-Catholic communities, some of them will participate.
This is the wish of the Holy Father also.”
The prayer session which will take place at the Basilica of Gethsemane will be followed by a candlelight procession in the Garden of Olives. The report also said that the Crypt of the Armenian Catholic Church at the fourth station of the Via Dolorosa will be open for prayers from 7 pm till midnight.
Bishop Shomali was also quoted to have said that priests in parishes are planning their own vigils, in spite of the fact that the major event will take place in Jerusalem.
“We prayed in the past for peace but not in this way, where we are united to all the Catholic churches in the world. So this unity and communion is something special and the emotional call done by his Holiness is also special". Bishop Shomali said.