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English Catholics observe day of prayer for Middle East, North Africa

December 05, 2012

Catholics in England and Wales observed a day of prayer on December 4, the feast of St. John Damascene, for peace in the Middle East and North Africa.

“We’re obviously very conscious of the very fragile situation which is developing there at the moment,” said Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster. “Therefore we recognize the importance of our prayer.”

“Many people who spoke to us, including the Latin Patriarch [of Jerusalem], urged us to put prayer as a priority,” Archbishop Nichols added as he recalled a recent visit to the Holy Land. “The second priority they wanted was for us to continue to come in pilgrimage, particularly in support of the Christian and Catholic communities there.”


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