Blessed Be God in the Highest

Pope Benedict XVI Calls for
Prayer and Penance
this Sunday for
Middle-East Cease Fire

Fatima Center urges Pope to Consecrate Russia

Friday, July 21, 2006: Confronted with the worsening situation in the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI has named Sunday as a day of prayer and penance for peace in that region.

The Pope’s call for prayer and penance was issued yesterday in a Vatican communiqué, and was prompted due to “great concern” for what the Holy Father calls, “the fate of the afflicted people.”

According to the communiqué, the Holy Father “has proclaimed this Sunday, July 23, as a special day of prayer and penance, inviting the pastor and faithful of all particular Churches and all believers of the world, to implore from God the precious gift of peace.”

In particular, Pope Benedict XVI appeals for prayer to the Lord “for an immediate cease-fire between the sides, for humanitarian corridors to be opened in order to bring help to the suffering peoples and for reasonable and responsible negotiations to begin to put an end to objective situations of injustice that exist in that region.”

“In reality”, according to the Pontiff, “the Lebanese have the right to see the integrity and sovereignty of their country respected, the Israelites, the right to live in peace in their State, and the Palestinians have the right to have their own free and sovereign homeland.”

The communiqué ends with the Pope’s appeal “to charitable organizations to help all the people struck by this pitiless conflict.”

The Fatima Center urges all Catholics to heed the Pope’s call for prayer and penance; particularly by praying the Rosary, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.

As it is clear that that we are not in the period of peace promised by Our Lady, the Fatima Center respectfully asks the Pope to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in union with the bishops of the world.

Our Lady told us at Fatima that this Consecration of Russia is the only means to bring about world peace, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, and to avert the “annihilation of nations.”

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