Day of Fasting Is Proposed for Peace in Holy Land

JERUSALEM, DEC. 20, 2004 ( Some Catholic bishops have appealed to Christians worldwide to observe a day of fasting and prayer Wednesday for peace in the Holy Land.

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The appeal was made as a conclusion of last week’s meeting of the conference of bishops of North Africa and the Latin bishops of the Arab Regions. The appeal was made in conjunction with Caritas-Jerusalem.

«The conflict in the Holy Land is the concern of all Christians who are aware that their spiritual roots lie in the land of Christ’s redemption,» the bishops said in a statement. The document was signed by 22 bishops of the region.

«Our Churches have received from the Lord a ministry of reconciliation,» they added. «We do not call you to take one side against another. On the contrary, we want you to help both sides find the way to reconciliation.»

A message sent to ZENIT by Caritas-Jerusalem said: «We hope that you will join with us in this important day of fasting and prayer for peace in the Holy Land.»

For his part, the Lutheran bishop of Jerusalem, Munib Younan, has called on Lutherans worldwide to support this initiative of the Catholic bishops, Lutheran World Information reported today.

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